Is Jaguar's Game-Changing I-Pace A Tesla Killer?

Over the last century, Jaguar has made some of the most beautiful cars in history. From the XK120 to the Mark 2, the XJ6 to the F-Type, the XJS to the D-Type and of course the game-changing E-Type, Jaguar is a paragon of automotive style.

The all-new, pure electric I-Pace is a game-changer too for the brand and EV genre. It’s Jaguar’s first electric model and the latest addition to the brand’s expanding crossover lineup. And it’s the first EV to take the challenge up to Tesla in both the styling and performance departments.

In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that the I-Pace is the most important Jaguar since the legendary E-Type upturned conventional car design back in 1961. This SUV is the first model to be based on the company’s new ‘skateboard’ architecture for pure electric cars only. The new platform will feature on all future Jaguar EVs. And without huge gasoline or diesel powertrains filling up engine bays, this new all-electric construction allows stylists the luxury of being able to experiment with new neater, sleeker, more compact front-end designs.

Its muscular stance and short overhangs means that the new Jag has only one competitor right now--the Tesla Model X. Although several international auto publications have suggested that the Model X is not a luxury EV, let's give the Tesla the benefit of the doubt and call it 'luxury,' especially given that it starts at $79,500. However, this is a segment that will soon be saturated with rivals from Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and even VW.

The I-Pace is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack which drives two electric motors—one powering each axle in a 4WD configuration delivered through a single speed gearbox. This system develops 394hp and 512 lb-ft of torque, which, even propelling that hefty 4500 lb frame, is enough power to make you grin like a Cheshire Cat.

Now, depending on where you live, and which country’s administration is rating your range, you will either get 298 miles of ‘real world driving’ if you’re in Europe, or according to an estimate from America’s EPA, you’ll achieve around 238 miles.

Source: Forbes
Date: Jun 25, 2018