The most unique part of the Jaguar I-PACE is its drivetrain. Electric motors come in a wider range of shapes and sizes than a traditional gasoline engine, and Jaguar has found that the most efficient way of packaging their new vehicle involved having an electric motor for each axle. Jaguar claims a combined output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque; the latter number available seemingly whenever and at any rev range. Acceleration is incredibly fast with 0-60 coming in just 4.5 seconds. There is no sensation of switching gears since there is no transmission in the traditional sense. The center of gravity is low due to much of the weight of the vehicle coming from the batteries, while weight is balanced evenly front to aft.
For its first year in production, the I-PACE will be released with four trim levels: S, SE, HSE and the loaded First Edition.
The standard I-PACE is loaded with technology and the list of standard features is extremely long. The I-PACE comes standard with a panoramic roof, LED taillights, automatic headlights, heated doors and mirrors, rain sensing wipers, an auto dimming rearview mirror, LED reading lights, two-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, six USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 380W Meridian Sound System with 11 speakers, an emergency braking system, a lane keep assist system, a rear camera, keyless entry, a garage door opener and much more.
The SE ditches the 18-inch wheels in favor of a 20-inch design, while the LED headlights get swapped for nicer versions, which include LED daytime running lights. The SE also gets a powered rear lift gate, auto dimming heated door mirrors, leather seating surfaces with a memory function and a few more electronic safety goodies.
The HSE has an even nicer 20-inch wheel design, a powered tailgate that responds to gesture commands, Windsor leather seating surfaces with additional adjustments, an 825W sound system with 15 speakers and a Driver Assist Pack, which includes adaptive cruise control and a 360 degree camera among other things.
The First Edition includes virtually everything that's available on the car, including a heated windshield, front fog lights, headlight washers, four-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, even more leather on the interior and a heads-up display system.
Driving a Photon Red 2019 Jaguar I-Pace for a week will have you fielding all sorts of questions. What is that thing? How much does it cost? What's it like to drive?
Yet the question that comes up more than any other is the one you're probably wondering, yourself: Is it better than a Tesla?
The I-Pace is Jaguar's first fully electric production vehicle, a crossover that boasts usable interior space and more than 200 miles of driving range. It's a key rival to Tesla's family of electric vehicles, but it's also the first of many new EVs to launch from European automakers over the next few years.
The Good Jaguar's first electric car is attractively styled and boasts the company's hallmark handling capabilities that go together well with a potent electric powertrain.
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