2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Crossing Over Into the Electric Market

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

After two years of playing hard to get, Jaguar has finally revealed the production version of the I-Pace SUV. Actually, “revealed” may not be the best word to use, as it feels like we’ve already seen it.

The model looks so much like the earlier concept vehicle that most people wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart, even if they sat inside them. The only real difference is that the production Jag has a cushier-looking interior and a tad more ground clearance. Other than that, both vehicles are practically indistinguishable — even down to the flush door handles.

Despite the bewildering decision to name its non-electric compact luxury crossover the E-Pace and its larger, battery-driven brother the I-Pace, the automaker doesn’t appear to have done a bad job with either. While the E-Pace caters to those seeking a small-and-fancy “sport utility vehicle,” the I-Pace is for those seeing an alternative to Tesla’s Model X.

That’s most evident when you compare the two vehicles’ specs. Jag’s entry into the electrified SUV segment places a motor on each axle for a combined all-wheel output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which the manufacturer claims is good enough for a 4.5-second standing rush to 60 mph. The entry-level Model X 75D does its 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. However, the top-trimmed P100D will blow the doors off the I-Pace and just about everything else with four wheels with its 3.3-second run.

Similarly, the I-Pace’s 90 kWh battery offers an estimated range of 240 miles. This, once again, keeps it within a stone’s throw of the base Tesla, but it loses ground to better-equipped versions. Jaguar says the batteries can charge from zero to 80 percent in just 40 minutes via a 100 kW DC fast charger. Home charging solutions using a 230V AC wall box will take roughly 10 hours to do the same job.

It’s worth noting that the Model X 75D uses a smaller battery pack (75 kWh) and claims roughly the same range. It’s also a larger vehicle at 198 inches in length. The I-Pace is 184.3 inches long and loses an entire row of seating to the Tesla because of it. But Jaguar says overall interior volume is superb, better than the slightly longer F-Pace, and being a five-seat affair provides extra room for cargo.

Technology on the I-Pace appears to be superb. While there are show-off features, like flush door handles that emerge by way of a button pressed on the door or key fob, Jag has implemented plenty of substantive hardware into this crossover. The flat handles even serve a purpose. Jag says the handles improve aerodynamics, something the automaker fussed over quite a bit in designing this vehicle.

Additional standard tech includes active air suspension and Jaguar’s suite of driving aides. The I-Pace will also be the first Jaguar to get over-the-air software updates via a built-in 4G Wi-Fi. This system can, of course, be synced to multiple devices and Jag has made sure the SUV has an abundance of USB charging ports and storage areas for such items.

An available full-color head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed and navigation instructions onto the windshield and is supplemented (if you choose to) by a 12.3-inch interactive display behind the steering wheel. That screen offers plenty of ways to customize how the driver sees data, though the I-Pace also has the ability to learn the preferences of various users by recognizing a smartphone’s Bluetooth signal. Once the car senses an approaching driver, it can adapt itself to match the user’s preferred climate control, infotainment, and seat settings.

This can also all be controlled via the model’s center console, which Jaguar says can be paired with Amazon’s Alexa. While the extent of the system’s functionality within the car isn’t totally clear, Jaguar did say users will be able to audibly access any information held in the Jaguar InControl Remote app — which includes things like service intervals and the vehicle’s current level of charge — through any Alexa-enabled device.

The massive glass panoramic roof is standard and shoppers will have their pick of Luxtec leatherette or the optional legit grained leather. There are also plenty of options for interior materials in both dark and light shades. As of today, Jaguar retailers can begin placing customer orders for the new I-Pace. However, U.S. pricing won’t be announced until the vehicle’s public debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Mar 02, 2018

    Perfect accident, gadget-distraction ride. Those electric motors will end up in a classic EV conversion free of distractions...

  • HotPotato HotPotato on Mar 07, 2018

    "charges on a 100kW fast charger..." ...that DOESN'T F*ING EXIST IN 99.9999% OF THE WORLD. If luxury automakers want to compete with Tesla, they'd better be prepared to build a high-speed charging network.

  • Daniel J Until we get a significant charging infrastructure and change times get under 10 minutes, yes
  • Mike I own 2 gm 6.2 vehicles. They are great. I do buy alot of gas. However, I would not want the same vehicles if they were v6's. Jusy my opinion. I believe that manufacturers need to offer engine options for the customer. The market will speak on what the consumer wants.For example, I dont see the issue with offering a silverado with 4cyl , 6 cyl, 5.3 v8, 6.2 v8, diesel options. The manufacturer will charge accordingly.
  • Mike What percentage of people who buy plug in hybrids stop charging them daily after a few months? Also, what portion of the phev sales are due to the fact that the incentives made them a cheaper lease than the gas only model? (Im thinking of the wrangler 4xe). I wish there was a way to dig into the numbers deeper.
  • CEastwood If it wasn't for the senior property tax freeze in NJ I might complain about this raising my property taxes since most of that tax goes to the schools . I'm not totally against EVs , but since I don't drive huge miles and like to maintain my own vehicles they are not practical especially since I keep a new vehicle long term and nobody has of yet run into the cost of replacing the battery on an EV .
  • Aquaticko Problem with PHEV is that, like EVs, they still require a behavioral change over ICE/HEV cars to be worth their expense and abate emissions (whichever is your goal). Studies in the past have shown that a lot of PHEV drivers don't regularly plug-in, meaning they're just less-efficient HEVs.I'm left to wonder how big a battery a regular HEV could have without needing to be a PHEV.