New Jaguar E-PACE to debut in the UAE


Jaguar will sell its first fully electric crossover SUV, the 2019 I-PACE, for $69,500 in the US, which makes it $10,000 cheaper than Tesla Motors' much hyped Model X. The British firm unveiled the SUV earlier this month at the International Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar's I-Pace is an all-wheel-drive SUV (according to the automaker), so the natural competitor is the Tesla Model X. But the Model X is considerably larger than the I-Pace - the X is 198.3 inches in length versus 184.3 inches for the Jag - so it's not an apples-to-apples match-up. The Jaguar I-Pace reportedly costs $10,000 less than the 75D.

For everyday driving, though, the Jaguar I-Pace looks like a steal compared to the Tesla Model X, but way overpriced compared to the Model 3. And while its estimated 240-mile range nearly perfectly matches the Model X 75D's 237-mile range, the I-Pace's 4.5-second 0-60 time is more in line with the acceleration you get out of the $97,200 Model X 100D.

As for acceleration, the Jaguar outruns the Tesla model, as well. Of course, the I-Pace's range advantage is due in part to it having a higher-capacity battery pack and being smaller overall. The Model X 75D takes 4.9 seconds to achieve the same speed.

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The I-Pace is eligible for a $7,500 federal income-tax credit, as well as $2,500 and $2,000 purchase rebates in California and NY, respectively.

I-Pace buyers also won't have access to Tesla's Supercharger network, instead needing to plug in at home or find independent charging locations. On a 50-kW charger, the I-Pace can hit an 80-percent charge in about 85 minutes, but that time drops to 40 minutes on a 100-kW charger. Model X can accommodate seven passengers, while Jaguar's EV seats only five passengers.