This is a handsome all electric challenger to Tesla, from a company that can actually manufacture them in volume. A crossover, sort of SUV, not quite a sedan, this looks to be an all around daily driver. Starting at a retail price of $69,500, which is what a well optioned Model 3 goes for.
The reviews are out, and they are glowing:
Popular Science: “New I-Pace is a breakthrough achievement—and a hell of a fun car . . . This quiet beast provides astonishingly brisk acceleration (4.5 seconds to 60 mph), a fierce 400 horsepower, and stuck-to-your seat 512 pound-feet of immediately available torque.”
ExtremeTech: “The Jaguar I-Pace sport crossover is a landmark vehicle: for the EV industry, for Jaguar, for enthusiast drivers, and for Elon Musk, who needs to check his rear-view mirror. Finally, someone has built a car that matches and surpasses Tesla.”
Business Times: “Like Elon Musk’s futuristic electric cars, the I-Pace runs on battery power, and runs fast. The Jaguar leaps to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, so while it may not burn fuel, it sure burns rubber. Unlike Musk’s Teslas, however, the I-Pace is made by a profitable, established car company that doesn’t assemble its products in the factory carpark.”
Source: Popular Science
Source: Business Times
Model Options (via ExtremeTech):
I-Pace S, $70,495 (including $995 shipping). It includes the massive fixed panorama sunroof, LED tail lamps, rear fog lamps, heated door mirrors with approach lights, flush door handles, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch wheels, active air suspension, all-wheel drive, an open differential with torque vectoring by braking, navigation, Bluetooth, six USB jacks and two 12-volt power sockets, satellite and HD radio, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, eight-way “semi-powered” seat functions (i.e. some are manual), dual zone AC, and a garage door opener. Driver assist technology is light for a $70K vehicle: just driver condition monitor and lane keep assist.
I-Pace SE, $76,985. Adds grained leather seats, 10-way powered front seats (manual headrest), 20-inch wheels, power-folding door mirrors, and LED headlamps with auto high beam. Driver assists add blind spot detection, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and high-speed emergency braking.
I-Pace HSE, $81,495. Adds Windsor leather seats, 18-way heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a powered gesture tailgate, and the 825-watt Meridian sound system. Driver assists add surround cameras and adaptive cruise control with steering assists to center the car.
I-Pace First Edition, $86,895. Adds special paints and First Edition branding, ambient lighting, upgraded leather, and four-zone AC. Additional tech includes a head-up display, special remote key, and adaptive dynamics and adaptive surface response (AdSR) for driving on grass, mud, gravel, deep sand or deep snow.