Finally someone has challenged Tesla and their monopoly of premium electric vehicles, and that someone is none other than Jaguar with the all-new I-Pace.
Jaguar has become the first major manufacturer to officially enter the high-performance EV world (BMW’s i8 is a hybrid) and the I-Pace looks mighty impressive for what is basically their first take on the whole zero-emissions thing.
The sculpted bodywork with its really short overhangs actually makes the I-Pace look more like an English bulldog rather than a wild feline. That in our books is a success, especially if you think that most other proposed premium electric SUVs look either like they escaped from a sci-fi film or like those normal, fossil fuel-sipping SUVs.
Ian Callum took advantage of the electric powertrain’s compact packaging to give the I-Pace a really big interior for its size, with Jaguar even claiming that the rear passengers enjoy more legroom than the bigger Porsche Cayenne. With an overall length that essentially matches that of the XE saloon, the I-Pace indeed sounds like an impressive SUV, and not just because it’s powered by electricity.
The Tesla Model X, on the other hand, is not the prettiest of the cars, but it’s definitely a striking vehicle because it looks different and futuristic. The rear gullwing doors certainly increase its wow factor, with bonus points for its many Easter eggs that involve silly things like flapping its doors like a sea gull and more clever ones, like summoning it from its parking spot.
The two electric SUVs are seen as rivals, but the truth is that the Tesla is significantly bigger as well as available with seven seats, an option the Jaguar doesn’t have. The American model is also more expensive than the I-Pace, with the range-topping P100D costing almost double the money Jaguar asks for the base version of their EV, at least in Europe.
Speaking of money, the Jaguar I-Pace is priced from £58,995 in the UK, including the government’s EV rebate, while the Tesla Model X 75D costs from £71,350. US pricing for the I-Pace will be announced after its public premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
But enough with the rambling, we’re here for one job and that is not to pit one against another in terms of performance, as Jaguar did yesterday, but to do a visual comparison between the two premium all-electric SUVs and decide which one we want the most.
At the front, both models keep things familiar, with the I-Pace getting the signature Jaguar treatment and the Model X looking clean and minimalist, like all Teslas do.
By the moment you start going around them, you instantly notice the Jag’s much lower roofline, which makes it look sportier than the Model X.
The same goes around the back, with the I-Pace adopting sharp edges and slim taillights, whereas the Model X keeps it curvy but friendly.
Both of their interiors look futuristic, with the Tesla offering simpler lines and that massive infotainment screen that controls everything and the Jaguar showing off a more sculpted dashboard and the company’s latest duo-display system.
So, which one is your pick? Do you prefer your electric family hauler with a side of sportiness like the I-Pace, or is the clean and minimalist styling of the Model X more attractive to you? Go ahead and cast your vote now!