As climate change has infiltrated the zeitgeist, all automakers are getting on board. It is no surprise, then, that even elite and refined Jaguar has jumped on the bandwagon. The new 2019 I-Pace is the first model to challenge the all-electric Tesla in terms of luxury. Currently, the I-Pace comes in three trims, S, SE, and HSE, and a limited edition. Jaguar will likely release more versions in the future, but for now, these options offer some variety. Though billed as an SUV and offering much spaciousness, the body looks more like an elongated sedan than a towering vehicle. Overall, if you ‘re in the market for a high-end model that has zero emissions, this is a model worth test driving.
Still, this model is more powerful than one might expect: 0-60 mp in 4.5 seconds and can reach up to 124 miles per hour and 394 horsepower. The driving range is up to 234 miles, making it slightly slower and weaker than the Tesla. As with other battery-operated vehicles, two motors power the model: one for the front wheels and another for the rear. The single battery takes approximately 13 hours to charge with a 140-volt charger, but a DC fast charger can reach 80% in about 40 minutes.
The I-Pace seats five and offers a spacious cargo area as well. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED taillights and headlights, adjustable air suspension, and a panoramic fixed sunroof. Unfortunately, it does not include a shade. Infotainment is slightly lacking but consists of a 10-inch center screen for satellite radio, Bluetooth, and navigation. Six USB ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot come standard, but programs such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not present. The SE offers leather seating, a power lift-gate, and seating memory for both the driver and passenger. The HSE adds a 15-speaker sound system, heated front and rear seats, and 20-inch wheels.
Moreover, many safety programs come standard on all trims. The S includes an automated parking system, two tools for safer driving on slippery surfaces, and lane keeping assist. Blind-spot monitoring
and high-speed collision mitigation are standard on the SE. The HSE combines cruise control with a steering assist feature for greater lane control, and, finally, the Limited Edition adjusts traction as you
drive. However, most functions can be added to any trim level so that shoppers shouldn’t feel pressured to pick one trim over another unless it’s a significant difference.