Jaguar has revealed its first electric car – the I-Pace SUV – ahead of the vehicle arriving in the UK later this year.
The £63,495 car boasts 394bhp and a 4.5-second 0-60mph time, as well as a range of just under 300 miles.
Although that might not sound great when compared with the Tesla Model X’s 351-mile official range, it’s better than it looks. That’s because the I-Pace’s range was calculated on the new WLTP economy test, rather than the outgoing NEDC test. As the WLTP cycle is more representative of real-world driving, the numbers look less impressive.
Nevertheless, the I-Pace has some nifty tricks that help it challenge Tesla at the top of the electric tree. The 90kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent in around 40 minutes from a 100kWh rapid charger, and 10 hours from a 7kWh home charger.
The car will also automatically heat or cool its battery before setting off to ensure it stays at the optimum temperature, thus improving range.
And despite all this technology, the system has a 21,000-mile/two-year service interval, as well as a 100,000-mile/eight-year warranty.
Jaguar says, though, that the I-Pace’s strength is the way it handles. The engineers went to great lengths to ensure a 50/50 weight distribution, while the company claims the all-aluminium construction makes the car more rigid than any other Jaguar.
The car also houses its batteries low down, providing a lower centre of gravity. Add this to an ‘Adaptive Dynamics’ system, which sets the car up according to the driver’s preferences, and Jaguar says the I-Pace will be both agile and comfortable.
Standard equipment for the entry-level S model includes LED headlights, satellite navigation and a Meridian sound system. Spending an extra £6,000 on the mid-range SE model adds posh grained leather seats, a powered tailgate and bigger alloy wheels.
At the top of the range, though, there’s the £74,445 HSE, which adds even more sumptuous leather and even more intelligent technology, and the limited-edition First Edition, which is only available for the first year of the I-Pace’s life. At almost £81,500, it’s not cheap, but it’s packed with equipment and comes in a bold shade of red.