Jaguar elevates the electric drive

Going green used to mean sacrifices. Whether it was giving up luxury, space, acceleration, or an all-wheel-drive (AWD) option, there was usually a compromise in order to drive an eco-friendly vehicle. These sacrifices have started to diminish over the years with more affordable and practical Electric Vehicles (EVs) coming to market. The Tesla Model 3, for example, has a lower base price than most EVs and an AWD option, making it practical for everyone from commuters to winter warriors. The Model 3 also happens to have outsold every other luxury vehicle in the country in 2018, indicating a desire to go green and setting the stage for an onslaught of newer, more practical EVs.

Being a nation of SUV drivers, it is no surprise that automakers are pushing to get their larger EVs to market. One of the most notable newcomers is the all-new Jaguar I-Pace. As a fully electric vehicle from an established automaker, the I-Pace is one of the first EVs to provide real competition for the Tesla Model X as a long range, AWD, fully electric, luxury SUV.

The AWD I-Pace lives up to the Jaguar nameplate. It’s not only stylish, it’s fun and practical. Sticking with the sleek and rounded lines of today’s Jaguars, the I-Pace fits seamlessly within the lineup. Jaguar Land Rover loyalists will feel at home with familiar controls, capabilities, and plush surfaces throughout the cabin. The I-Pace provides interior hauling space to match that of the larger Porsche Cayenne, despite smaller dimensions due to extra space in the front trunk – “frunk” – sitting where a traditional combustion engine would be. Combine this with the large trunk and hatchback styling and the I-Pace is sure to haul plenty of gear from everyday shopping to weekend travel.

The I-Pace makes an impressive entrance with a 243-mile range outpacing many of the more affordable options, while still beating them at the charger. Bringing the 90kWh battery from 0% to 85% charge in just 85 minutes keeps this EV on the road with minimal sacrifice to time. The impressive statistics do not stop there as the I-Pace lurches from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds with 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque rivaling many sports cars while remaining true to its heritage as a Jaguar.

Breaking into the EV market place is no easy feat for any automaker. All in all, Jaguar has created a well-rounded entry that won’t cost six figures and is sure to be the first of many EVs to come from Europe.