Jaguar has unveiled the production version of the I-Pace, and it’s ready to take on Tesla!
The all-new, all-electric I-Pace is finally here to show us North Americans how a purely European EV does things. And in true European style, they do it in a hatchback. Because it’s European.
But really, the I-Pace certainly looks like a car that can take on the Tesla Model 3 and win.
So let’s get right down to it. The I-Pace comes with a pair of electric motors that combined produce 394 horses and 512 lb-ft of torque. That’s way more than the Model 3’s 295 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It also smokes the Model 3 to 60 mph, reaching that speed in 4.5 seconds rather than 5.1 seconds.
The extended range version does beat the I-Pace's range, clocking in at 310 miles compared the I-Pace’s 240 miles. However, the I-Pace advertises a range of 298 miles using the European NEDC test. The European test tends to wear rose-colored glasses whenever it so much as glimpses an EV, so probably best to stick to the EPA estimate of 240 miles. As always, your mileage will probably vary.
A 90 kWh battery pack powers Jaguar’s latest baby, which can charge to 80% in 40 minutes using a 100-kW DC fast charger. As with most EVs, you’ll need to leave it charging overnight if you were to plug it into your home’s wall socket.
As is now standard practice, the battery pack is laid flat near the bottom of the chassis to provide structural rigidity to the car’s frame. This has the added benefit of providing a 50:50 weight distribution for the whole car, which should produce some stellar handling.
What is unusual about this EV is the fact it still has a front grille. Jaguar actually uses a regular radiator in the front of the car hooked up to a liquid coolant system to cool the battery pack, otherwise it’ll heat up much like your laptop’s battery does whenever you fire up Netflix. The cool thing about it is that when the car doesn’t need that much cooling (for example, when going downhill without the A/C on) the grille can direct airflow over the car’s hood scoop, improving aerodynamics.
Inside there’s no gear changer--just big buttons labeled D, N, R, and P. There are’s also two touch screens, one for climate and comfort and the other for the infotainment system.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the I-Pace is expected to undercut the Model 3 slightly, so probably around $70,000. Production is underway, and dealers are expecting deliveries later this year.