The future of cars is unquestionably electric. That doesn’t just apply to reliable people movers like the OG Toyota Prius or the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which was just named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It’s also true for drool-worthy vehicles, the kind of cars you’d fantasize about owning when you had no money (there was a time when we’d even hang posters of them in our dorm rooms).
One of the greatest Ferraris of all time, the LaFerrari, is a hybrid and the Prancing Horse has said that all of its cars will incorporate some kind of hybrid technology starting in 2019. On Monday, Jaguar, known for making badass cars for James Bond villains, revealed its entry into the field, the I-Pace concept vehicle. While still a concept, the I-Pac is said to be very close to the version of the electric SUV that the company plans to start delivering in the second half of 2018.
A clear challenge to the Tesla Model X, the I-Pace offers some impressive features to the passenger and driver alike. For the person behind the wheel, the SUV will drive like a Jag, producing 394 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque that allow the car to go from 0-60 in approximately four seconds. For whoever is riding shotgun, the I-Pace takes the space savings gained from not having a bulky engine up front and gives them back to the passengers. Jaguar says the car actually has more space for people and gear than some larger SUVs.
The I-Pace also looks unmistakably like a Jaguar, starting from the wire mesh grill and moving back. There is an entrancing moon roof that spans both the front and rear seats, which have a sports car-inspired design that stands apart from standard SUVs.
When it’s released, the car is expected to have a range of 220 miles and a battery that can charge from 0-80 percent in 90 minutes, and all the way to fully charged in two hours. Jaguar did not reveal the price of its electric SUV, however. The Tesla Model X starts at $88,800 before tax credit savings, so expect Jaguar’s newest entry to be in that range.