Jaguar On Track For Early 2018 Launch Of I-Pace Electric Crossover – Will Beat Rivals To Market

4 months ago by Eric Loveday 28

Jaguar i-Pace debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Jaguar i-Pace debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The 220-plus mile electric Jaguar I-Pace is apparently on track for production to begin in 2018.

Inside the i-Pace

Inside the i-Pace

Jaguar says that this production target puts the automaker ahead of the competition.

Ignoring the Tesla Model X (which Jaguar doesn’t view as a competitor due to its larger size and very high price tag), Jaguar says the I-Pace will be the first premium electric crossover/SUV to hit the market. It’ll beat planned electric crossover/SUVs from rivals such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz to market by approximately 2 years.

All this from an automaker that had shown almost no interest in electric vehicles until just recently.

According to Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth, the automaker is “now in pole position for the EV era, with an early 2018 on sale date” for I-Pace. We should point out that “early 2018” is moved up from the previous statement of second half of 2018.

If true, then I-Pace will easily beat even the Tesla Model Y crossover to market.

Some additional previously released details on I-Pace include:

  • 220+ mile (EPA estimated) all-electric range
  • 90 kWh battery
  • Two 200 hp electric motors
  • 400 hp total and 516 lb-ft of torque

Source: Forbes

Tags: , , ,

36 responses to "Jaguar On Track For Early 2018 Launch Of I-Pace Electric Crossover – Will Beat Rivals To Market"

  1. Another Euro point of view says:

    Good news but I expect it to be priced at no less than EUR 70K here so would not expect huge sales figure. Nice looking car and hope other car makers will follow Jaguar and stop with that suicidal doors design non sense.

  2. Vexar says:

    Do we have pricing on the iPace? I am expecting the Model Y to come in around $42k-$45k base with a 75kWh battery.

    Yeah, the Model X isn’t a competitor, unless it is price-competitive!

    1. Vertigo says:

      10-15% more than a well-equipped F-Pace, apparently. Should work out to around £60k here in Britain, which is the same as a Tesla Model S. The X is £82k, so the claim that Jaguar doesn’t view it as a direct competitor due to pricing does have some basis.

  3. MTN Ranger says:

    “Tesla Model X (which Jaguar doesn’t view as a competitor due to its larger size and very high price tag)”

    I really doubt this. The Model X starts at $85,500. Does anybody think the Jaguar will start significantly cheaper?

    Their closest performing car is the F-Type R and it costs $105,000.

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Oops, I should have said $95,500 for a Model X 90D.

      1. European says:

        I read somewhere that it will be a little bit more expensive than F-PACE. F-PACE is around 50k€

        1. European says:

          “And yet Jaguar could be saving its ultimate weapon until last, because the I-Pace’s price should be remarkably palatable. We’ll know precise figures when the full production car is revealed in late 2017, but for now Jag says add 10 or 15 per cent to a similarly equipped F-Pace and you’re there. So, if a top-spec V6 F-Pace costs around £52k, that makes the I-Pace a snip at £60k. ”

          Source : topgear.com

      2. Vexar says:

        Why the 90D? Battery size? Uh, if they are saying 200+ miles of range, then the 75D would suffice because it is more energy efficient (by a wide margin). This is proving to be an interesting year for promises. Perhaps 2018 is the year of making good on the new promises.

        1. MTN Ranger says:

          Yes, it’s probably best to compare on the same 90kW battery size. Apples to apple.

  4. Alex says:

    Impressive, I never had Jaguar on my radar for being so fast. Great car!

  5. DonC says:

    This should be a well put together SUV. I’ve always said Tesla would have much better and more reliable vehicles if it had Magna-Steyr handle production.

    Doesn’t provide any more utility than a Bolt EV or a next generation Leaf, but no doubt it will turn more heads.

    1. philip d says:

      And with 400 hp and over 500 lb-ft. of torque it will be in a few classes of performance above the Bolt and Leaf as well.

  6. Hauer says:

    IIRC this car will be built at Magna in Graz, Austria.
    They can be very quick. Rumour had it that Apple was talking to themmpreviously. And Magna produces a lot of advanced stuft that might go into that car.

    1. LOL says:

      It seems Apple has great interest in those two islands of Ireland and GB alike. They obviously place their bets on sth other than batteries, as supercapacitors and transistors. Wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Jag has made a switch from batteries to spcs in a couple of years. Hopefully Apple will further expand that American-Brit–Austrian rift and include Tesla in the project. Without Tesla Apple has slim chances of succeeding in EV “niche”, Brits alone have no sufficient power to play it out at full swing.

      1. John says:

        Transistors? Do even know what a transistor is?

      2. Mr. M says:

        I bet Apple is big in using transistors. Millions of Them already… Hahahaha

        1. bogdan says:

          Apple doesn’t care about transistors, it cares about the microchips which are built from transistors.

  7. Trollnonymous says:

    Aren’t these “Crossovers” just cars slightly raised with bigass wheels?

    1. philip d says:

      No, they are station wagons with big ass wheels.

      I wish they would just bring back the full-sized or mid-sized hatches with normal ground clearance and wheels and drop the marketing ploy of the CUV.

      And for marketing purposes you dont have to call it a station wagon but could call it something else like a 5 door shooting brake.

  8. Anon says:

    Side profile looks really similar to the FF91…

    1. floydboy says:

      Much shorter overhangs though.

  9. J P DeCaen says:

    They don’t have the disadvantage of having a long history with ICE suv’s which might create some resistance to change.

  10. Rightofthepeople says:

    I think the 220 mile range is being very conservative, similar to proposed Bolt concept range. I bet the 90 kWh will get 250+ just like Model X (which is a larger, heavier vehicle). If they price it around $50k I will be all over this like white on rice! I’ll be in the market to replace my Mazda CX-9 late 2018 and would totally consider this at $50k or less.

    1. leafowner says:

      NO CHANCE at $50k. I’d say $70k or more. Still less than a X-100D

  11. Tom S says:

    I spoke to the Jaguar reps at the LA Auto Show where this vehicle was unveiled. They did not having specifics but were guessing it would be in the same price range as the Tesla Model X

  12. leafowner says:

    Funny seeing Jaguar competing on “Price.” Must be the India influence….. Regardless – great step in the right direction.

  13. Rich says:

    Congrats to Jag for a nice offering. It’s good looking, has a good size, and met the minimum 2017 all electric range needed. I prefer a little more cargo area, but still a good offering. Hopefully Jag can bring this to market in a competitive price range and in decent numbers.

  14. I was a paid review person of this car many years ago. It’s been in the works for some time, and didn’t just pop into existence.

    I tried to impress upon them than the need for a robust charging infrastructure and the fastest charging speeds, when CHAdeMO was few and far between and only 50kW, and Tesla Supercharger was brand new.

    I think all the Euro car manufacturers are going to “bet the farm” on public infrastructure, and I think that might go well there.

    In the US, there’s just little incentive for a typical public charging network company to put any charger in North Dakota, but there is a need to use one for a person traveling from Seattle to Minneapolis on the I-94 freeway to use one.

    Then, the argument has gone, install a low power unit in these low usage places (if anything at all is placed there) to save money. Either no unit or a low powered unit are both huge detriments do a proper charging infrastructure. That is a huge problem in United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Thankfully, Tesla didn’t get that memo and they realized that in order to properly operate a vehicle with the least hassle requires charging stations at those logical crossroads at logical intervals of 100-150 miles, each one charging at the fastest speed.

    Tesla has spent probably close to about $1 billion and there worldwide Supercharger network. It looks like VW will spend an amount of money that far exceeds $1 billion with their dieselgate punishment money, but unfortunately I can’t imagine that they will meet the performance and well done planning that Tesla is already done.

    I don’t say that because they can’t do it, but big large bureaucracies like VW think far different than Tesla.

Leave a Reply