Jaguar’s new Tesla Model X rival now has a reveal date.
Tesla hasn’t faced any significant competition yet, but that’s soon about to change. Mainstream manufacturers like Porsche, Ford and Audi are investing heavily in developing EV technology to tackle Tesla. While we’ll have to wait until 2020 for the Porsche Mission E to take on the Model S, Jaguar has confirmed that the highly-anticipated production version of its first ever EV, the I-Pace, will be shown on March 1 before its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
First shown as a concept in 2016, the I-Pace will be a pivotal model for Jaguar as it will be the first all-electric SUV to fight the Tesla Model X. The reveal will be streamed online from its manufacturing location in Graz, Austria. Jaguar claims the I-Pace will be capable of rapid charging from zero to 80 percent in 45 minutes from a 100kW charger and have a range of around 310 miles. It will even be efficient in cold weather conditions, which usually has a detrimental effect on EV range, thanks to rigorous testing in sub-zero temperatures in Sweden. To whet our appetite for the big reveal, Jaguar has released a teaser photo of the I-Pace production EV alongside its SUV siblings, the E-Pace and F-Pace.
The final design is expected to closely resemble the original concept shown in 2016. “Since revealing the I-Pace Concept in 2016, we have been counting down to this moment. The all-electric I-Pace is not only a pioneer within our business, it promises to revolutionize the industry. Never before have I been so excited for a launch –the world is watching with great anticipation and I cannot wait for the world to see everything we have achieved with this car.” Jaguar says that thousands of prospective customers from around the world have already registered interest in the electric performance SUV, and it will be “the EV that drivers have been waiting for.”
The I-Pace will set itself apart from the competition by combining sports car performance with a rumored 395-hp on tap, all-wheel drive agility and five-seat SUV practicality. With the Audi e-tron also going on sale this year, the premium electric SUV segment is about to get crowded.