Automotive company, Jaguar Land Rover, unveiled Thursday via live stream from Graz, Austria, its first all-electric vehicle called I-Pace. The new vehicle aims to compete with Tesla Motor’s larger Model X SUV.
The Jaguar I-Pace SUV is priced at 63,495 ($87,152) pounds in the UK, while the US pricing is expected to be announced on March 6. According to the company, the upcoming SUV will pack 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque in its two-motor all-wheel-drive configuration.
The I-Pace will also have 240 miles of range per charge and be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Tesla’s Model X SUV can drive 295 miles on a single charge and accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
Its battery can reportedly reach an 80 percent charge in about 40 minutes using publicly available DC rapid chargers. More so, the company claims that home charging with a 230-volt system will reach 80 percent charge in just over 10 hours.
The electric SUV’s interior will feature a redesigned dashboard with two touchscreens on the center console and a heads-up display that projects information like GPS and the car’s speed on the windshield.
Jaguar claims that the I-Pace will be able to gather data about the owner’s driving habits and interior preferences and use artificial intelligence to adjust itself.
The car will be compatible with Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, as owners will be able to ask for information regarding battery levels. In addition, the I-Pace will be Jaguar’s first vehicle to receive wireless updates, similar to how Tesla updates its vehicles.
Jaguar aims to roll out the electric SUV in the second half of this year as a 2019 model in three trim levels, the S, SE, and HSE versions. The speedy launch would make the I-Pac one of the first luxury electric SUVs to compete with Tesla’s Model X.
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