Around 240 miles and 4.5 seconds to 60 mph, but is it enough to topple the California standard?

Revealed during an extended (and rather cringe-worthy) debut in Graz, Austria, the Jaguar I-Pace is now here, officially bringing the Cat Badge into the all-electric SUV segment. This thing is aimed squarely at competitors like the Tesla Model X, and on paper, it definitely has a lot to boast about. Read on for all the specs you care about.

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The Jaguar I-Pace Has Finally Made Its World Debut; Puts Tesla Model X In The Crosshairs
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The I-Pace looks futuristic and sporty, yet simultaneously rather elegant as well, and Ian Callum should be proud that it's getting the green light for production.

Debuts can get a little heavy-handed at times, and while Jag’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the I-Pace is “the car that electricity has been waiting for” had us rolling our eyes, the SUV’s presence and performance promises definitely have us interested.

Let’s start with the way it looks. Quite frankly, we think this thing looks fantastic. Amazingly, Jag stuck very close to the design first seen with the original concept, and that’s a very good thing indeed. The shape is futuristic and sporty, yet simultaneously rather elegant as well, and Ian Callum should be proud that it’s getting the green light for production. The hood line is short, which helps to expand the centralized greenhouse, while the rear is square and short. The overhangs are also quite short, and glossy black details used to offset the smooth, flowing lines. LED daytime running lights are found in front, and wheel sizing ranges between 18 and 20 inches in diameter.

It’s all rather functional as well, with Jag putting the shape through vigorous wind tunnel testing. Little details like flush door handles help to eke out every last mpg. Indeed, Callum confesses that while artistry played a significant role in the design of the I-Pace, it still “[follows] physics to a tee.”

So it looks good, but what about the second half of that classic Jaguar formula? What about performance?

With 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque on tap, the I-Pace can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, while charging up to a top speed of 124 mph. All-wheel drive and torque vectoring help it stick to the pavement, and Jag says it did extensive testing at the Nurburgring to iron out the handling. During the debut, Jag also raced the I-Pace against a Tesla Model X, both in its 75D and 100D trim levels. The test consisted of a run from 0-to-60 mph and back to 0 again, and the I-Pace apparently beat both of the Tesla configurations. Of course, we’re a bit incredulous it was a totally fair test, and it’s likely there’s some manufacturer shenanigans going on here.

The Jaguar I-Pace Has Finally Made Its World Debut; Puts Tesla Model X In The Crosshairs
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With 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque on tap, the I-Pace can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, while charging up to a top speed of 124 mph. All-wheel drive and torque vectoring help it stick to the pavement.

Either way, the Jag definitely has the Tesla beat in terms of interior spec. The layout is much more luxurious, and Jag says it’ll provide design cues for future models. The tech isn’t bad either, with Amazon Alexa connectivity, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, and 6 USB ports for device support, plus driver assists like emergency braking, lane keep assist, and parking assist. Customized preferences can be selected based on the unique key fob signal as you approach, and the all-electric powertrain should keep it very quiet inside.

In terms of practicality, the I-Pace will sit five passengers and store up to 550 liters (19.4 cubic feet) of stuff in the trunk. There’s also front trunk storage if you need more space. There’s four cup holders, with two in front two in back.

The powertrain specs include two electric motors, one in front and one in the rear, making for AWD propulsion. Battery capacity is rated at 90 kWh, with 432 individual lithium-ion battery modules. The large battery pack also acts as part of the structure of the SUV, and is expected to provide 10 years of life.

The Jaguar I-Pace Has Finally Made Its World Debut; Puts Tesla Model X In The Crosshairs
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Topped off, the I-Pace can go upwards of 480 km (298 miles) on a single charge, while lower trims will offer around 240 miles of range. Recharge times take 12 hours from a standard plug, or you can get 80% in 40 minutes from a DC quick charger.

Topped off, the I-Pace can go upwards of 480 km (298 miles) on a single charge, while lower trims will offer around 240 miles of range. Recharge times take 12 hours from a standard plug, or you can get 80% in 40 minutes from a DC quick charger. The I-Pace will also use the onboard AI to calculate remaining range based on personal driving style, traffic conditions, and weather conditions.

The Jaguar I-Pace is available to order now, and offers multiple trim levels. There’s no official pricing yet, but it’s expected to start under $100,000. We think a number closer to $80,000 would be more appropriate, but considering this is Jag’s first-ever EV, a higher MSRP isn’t totally out of line.

Look for even more info when the I-Pace arrives in Switzerland for its auto show debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next week.

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