Jaguar I Pace 2018 electric SUV launched last night in the UK.
The event, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, saw the car officially unveiled and its specs confirmed.
Many car enthusiasts have been waiting on tenterhooks to see what Jag’s first EV would be and they won’t be disappointed.
On paper it’s quick, has long range, good looks, new tech and smart interior.
It’s only natural that the industry is going to look to make comparisons between Jaguar and Tesla.
Tesla is leading the way with EVs, but they are very expensive.
The I-Pace is not a car the lends itself well to a suitable comparison to the Model S or the Model X, but given the fact it is an SUV coupe, the Model X is the most obvious.
As part of the car’s promotional material Jaguar pitted the I-Pace against the Tesla Model X 75D and 100D.
The car’s went head to head in a 0mph-60mph-0mph challenge at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez E-Prix circuit in Mexico City.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans was driving the I-Pace while IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan took the wheel of the Model Xs.
In both races the I-Pace beat the Model X.
I-Pace is powered a 90kWh lithium-ion battery which allows it to sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.
The Model X 75D has a 0-60mph time of 4.9 seconds while the 100D has a sprint time of 4.7 seconds.
It boasts more range than the Model X 75D but less range than the Model X 100D.
Of course, the I-Pace did not face the P100D which would have smoked it with its 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds, but that’s not a sensible comparison given the fact the P100D costs almost twice as much.
One problem with the comparison is that it perhaps isolates EVs in their own segment.
If the I-Pace was compared to an internal combustion engine(ICE) powered car instead of an EV and beat it, then that would be more impressive.
Jaguar’s first EV is, however, shaping up to be a bit of a beast and it will be exciting to see the rest of the industry respond over the next coming months and years.