Jaguar’s Tesla Model X rival is coming in 2018 — here’s everything you need to know

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Jaguar is gearing up to release its very first electric car.

Several automakers, like Mercedes and BMW, are aiming to produce an electric SUV by 2020 – and for its very first electric car, Jaguar is taking the same strategy. It’s a smart move at a time where demand for smaller sedans is waning and electric cars still only make up roughly 1% of auto sales.

Jaguar showed off its electric SUV concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Called the I-PACE concept, the SUV is serving as the basis for a production model set to hit the market in 2018. The car puts Jaguar in direct competition with Tesla, particularly with the Model X.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new I-PACE:


Behold: Jaguar’s I-PACE, a five-passenger SUV. Here, it looks somewhat similar to Tesla’s Model X.

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See what I mean?

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The I-PACE is a preview of Jaguar’s electric, five-passenger production car, scheduled to arrive in 2018. That vehicle will be Jaguar’s first ever battery-powered vehicle.

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The car features a “cab-forward design.” Jaguar was able to execute this design because the I-PACE doesn’t need an engine upfront.

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Jaguar said in a statement that taking a cab-forward design approach frees up room in the interior to make it more spacious.

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The I-PACE is a proper crossover, a popular type of vehicle that’s engineered more like a car than the truck-based SUVs of the past. It has a compact body and is fairly low to the ground, but still seats five while offering plenty of cargo space.

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The Jaguar I-PACE has the same suspension system as the F-PACE, which Business Insider’s Matt DeBord called “the most beautiful SUV on planet Earth” in 2015.


“The I-PACE Concept is … something altogether new: not a traditional sports car, saloon or SUV and absolutely not a traditional Jaguar,” the automaker wrote in a press statement.

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The production vehicle will come with a 90 kWh battery pack that will power a pair of 200-horsepower electric motors, one over each axle.

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Jaguar claims the vehicle will have a range of 220 miles, allowing it to compete most directly with the Tesla Model X 75D that offers 237 miles of range and starts at $85,500.

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There’s no word on how much the Jaguar electric SUV will cost. But Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said in a Business Insider interview it will be comparable to luxury crossover offerings from brands such as Porsche.

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As Business Insider’s Benjamin Zhang pointed out, that means you’re looking at an asking price north of $50,000, which, again, not to beat a dead horse, really places it as a competitor with the luxury Model X in both offerings and price.


Jaguar said the car will deliver 400 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque, enabling it to accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds. That outpaces the Model X 75D and 90D, which can accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively.

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The I-PACE concept has a rear spoiler …

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… and a full-length panoramic sunroof.

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Using a 50 kW DC rapid charger, the battery could be recharged in two hours.

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The interior of the concept is striking. The seats are made of fine Windsor leather that matches the light color palette.

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The cockpit comes with two touchscreens on the center console.

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The traditional driver’s instrument was also replaced with a virtual screen that can be controlled using buttons on the steering wheel. The buttons offer haptic feedback when in use.

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Here’s another shot of the cockpit, which was finished with dark walnut veneers.

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It’s easy to see the attention to detail, from the stitching on the seats …

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… to the seamless integration of metal and wood …

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… to Jaguar’s personal engraving, laser-etched on the wood surface.

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From what we know about the vehicle so far, it seems Jaguar’s I-PACE has the potential to be a real contender in the electric car space when it arrives in 2018.

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