We're not sure which version of the Tesla Model X is being referred to, but the quote does indicate that the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace is "faster than Tesla."

I-Pace In The Wild

I-Pace In The Wild

Magna Steyr is the company behind much of the development and production of the Jaguar I-Pace - of which initial production validation just kicked off this month for deliveries in early 2018 (mid-2018 in the US). The Austrian company has been involved with the I-Pace project since its inception, in fact the speed at which the I-Pace is arriving is mostly credited to Magna Steyr.

Karl-Friedrich Stracke, president of vehicle technology and engineering at Magna Steyr, had the opportunity to recently test drive a pre-production I-Pace and he came away thoroughly impressed.

Stracke stated:

"The acceleration is unbelievable; it is faster than Tesla. You press the accelerator and it pushes you back into the seat. The steering is very agile and nimble and you don't feel the mass of the car. The chassis performance is gorgeous. It's unbelievably quiet. There is some fine-tuning going on with the suspension, but that's normal work. I am 100 percent certain it will challenge a lot of cars on the market today."

Assuming his comment is tied to the Model X and not the S, we can dive a little deeper into the numbers then. We suspect by "faster" Stracke actually means quicker, as in quicker from 0 to 60 mph than the X. Even the lowliest of Model X SUVs does 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds, so the I-Pace is at least a sub-six-second-to-60-mph electric CUV.

The production I-Pace is set to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2018. Pricing has not yet been announced, but estimates put the ~220+ mile electric CUV at around $70,000.

Source: AutoWeek