As the new kid on the premium EV block, the Jaguar i-Pace has something to prove. And what better way to establish its performance credibility than to drag race the Tesla Model X, currently the king of the all-electric utility vehicle segment?
Jaguar has released a promotional video showing off a few races between the new I-Pace electric SUV and the Tesla Model X, and the results speak for themselves. With 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque to work with and a claimed zero-to-60 mph benchmark of 4.5 seconds, its electric “SUV” proved more than a challenge for most versions of the Model X in both acceleration and braking.
The i-Pace wasn’t pitted against the performance-focused Model X P100D for obvious reasons. That Model X can launch to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, faster than most supercars!
Watch the video and let us know what you think. Which of the two cars would you rather have?
What Exactly Is The Jaguar I-Pace? A Hatchback Or An SUV?
When we wrote our preliminary preview of the Jaguar I-Pace, we, just like Jaguar and most automotive outlets, called the peculiar-looking yet attractive electric vehicle an “SUV”, but is it really an SUV?
Technically speaking, if we are to define a Sport Utility Vehicle as one built on a light-truck chassis with respectable off-road and towing capabilities, teamed with higher seating capacity, then the i-Pace is not an SUV. It is built on a car chassis, but I wouldn’t be so quick to call it a crossover (a vehicle based on a car chassis but designed to resemble an SUV) either.
Fellow auto enthusiast Sawyer Sutton didn’t hesitate to point out our misclassification, noting in a post:
“It has the ground clearance of a Camry and less cargo space than a Subaru Outback. Let’s call it a premium hot hatch and stop comparing it to things that it bears zero resemblance to.”
I thought deeply about his critique and couldn’t help but to agree. Unlike the Tesla Model X, a true crossover that Jaguar pegs as the main competitor to its first-ever EV, the i-Pace has a stronger resemblance to a hatchback than it does a crossover, let alone an SUV. A hatchback on some high-quality steroids, but one nonetheless…
Just don’t ask the British automaker to call the i-Pace a hatchback. Crossover and SUVs seem to be the only things with four wheels that car buyers care about nowadays, so it isn’t hard to see why the company might be reluctant to describe it as anything other than a utility vehicle.
As for why auto critics the web over haven’t been calling a spade a spade, chalk one up for laziness. The term SUV is often applied to crossovers (the masses couldn’t be bothered with the technical difference between the two types), and it seems that will also be the case with bulky hatchbacks with the slightest increase in ground clearance moving forward.
Like it or not, the Jaguar i-Pace isn’t the first hatchback to be called an “SUV, and it probably won’t be the last.
Jaguar Is Interested In A Four-Door F-Type
Jaguar has stood idly as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz carve up the premium four-door coupe segment and feels it’s about time it probably chimed in on the action. The British automaker is considering a four-door version of the F-Type sport car.
Mercedes-AMG introduced the GT 4-Door Coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while BMW previewed the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe. Porsche has the Panamera.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum told at the event that he is open to the idea of creating a four-door F-Type, stating:
“The notion of four doors is interesting because the idea of a four-door coupe came out originally with Jaguars, and then Mercedes-Benz latched on to the CLS and created this genre of car, which really rightfully was Jaguar’s. So that’s our rightful place in some ways — the four-door sports cars.”
Callum was quick to point out that his interest is a confirmation of anything is in the works but is positive that a four-door F-Type is doable:
“The four-door aspect makes a lot of sense. Not for every sports car, don’t get me wrong, but the reason for two doors is for more structure out of the car. Now, with modern technology, that sort of stuff doesn’t really matter anymore. We can engineer a car to have structure with four doors, or even pillar-less doors these days.”
I, for one, am excited to see how a four-door F-Type would turn out. Mercedes-Benz opted to base the GT 4-Door Coupe on the E-Class’s platform rather than GT Coupe’s — it will be interesting to see if Jaguar takes a similar approach, eschewing the F-Type coupe’s platform in favor of the XF sedan’s mechanical bits.
New Jaguar I-Pace Is The Sexy Electric SUV You’ve Been Waiting For
Telsa Model X, take notice. There is an new electric SUV in town, and it’s a smoking hot Brit!
The new Jaguar I-Pace is Jaguar’s first foray into the electric car segment, and the company didn’t hold back. The original concept promised an attractive design, an open cabin, a lot of horsepower and more than 220 miles of all-electric range on a single charge, and that’s what has been delivered.
For starters, the production model looks nearly identical to the concept (even down to the details), featuring a slick, cab forward and coupe-like design that should turn heads. The Model X isn’t a shabby-looking EV, but this Jag has a more sporting demeanor.
Ditto for the interior, which actually looks better than the concept’s! According to Jaguar, despite the I-PACE’s overall mid-size dimensions, the cabin offers passenger room comparable to that of a large SUV, thanks in large part to the absence of an internal combustion engine that allowed designers to move the front seating position much farther forward than normal. There is 890 mm (35 inches) of legroom in the rear, and 656 liters (23.1 cu.ft) to 1,453 liters (51.3 cu.ft) of luggage space, the latter when the seats are folded.
Jaguar’s new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which combines touchscreens, capacitive sensors and tactile physical controls, helps deliver a high-tech, futuristic vibe, while a standard glass panoramic roof that absorbs infrared light makes the interior feel airier, more spacious and cooler. The side windows can also absorb infrared light and eliminate the need for a blind.
With a 90kWh battery pack powering twin electric motors, the 2019 I-Pace produces 394 horsepower and 512lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than many of the world’s most respected sports cars, as well as all versions of the Model X except the performance-focused Model X P100D.
Not only is Jaguar’s electric SUV fast, but it’s also said to ride and handle great, thanks to a torsional rigidity of 36 kNm/degree (the highest of any Jaguar model), an optional air suspension and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The British automaker described the I-Pace as offering “exceptional ride comfort” and “engaging driving dynamics.”
The electric drivetrain provides a maximum driving of range of 240 miles (386 km), and the battery pack can be charged up from empty to 80% in 40 minutes on a 100kW fast charger or 10 hours when using 240-volt charging.
One-pedal driving and a navigation system optimized to choose routes that maximize efficiency help drivers preserve battery charge.
Considering it’s a Jaguar, don’t be surprised to see a sportier, more capable version of the I-Pace sometime in the future to take on the Model X P100D.