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2019 Jaguar I-Pace: Geneva Auto Show

author photo by Colin Ryan March 2018

What Is It?

It's a bit confusing, but the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace is an all-electric crossover. Reasonable minds might have surmised that the E-Pace would be Jaguar's battery powered crossover, since E is the first letter of "electric." But they'd be wrong.

The I-Pace, making its official world debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show, has the distinction of being the first electric crossover from a major automotive manufacturer to go into production. It has beaten the Audi E-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC to market.

Both German companies are claiming a range of 310 miles for their vehicles, which might be revised down to around 275 miles using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) measurement approach. The midsize I-Pace has a range of 240 miles (going by the EPA method) from its 90 kilowatt/hour lithium-ion battery. That's 70 miles short of the Tesla Model 3 midsize sedan's maximum range. That said, 240 miles is still really good.

Using a fast charger, the battery can be replenished up to 80 percent in 40 minutes. A pair of electric motors bring all-wheel drive, while creating 395 horsepower and a substantial 512 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to set the I-Pace sprinting from standstill to 60 miles per hour in a fleeting 4.5 seconds.

Like Jaguar's other crossovers, a lot of the body is made from aluminum to save weight. During development, the company was adamant that the I-Pace should handle like a Jaguar. And if something handles like a Jaguar, then it's among the best-handling vehicles in the world. An adaptive air suspension is standard. The I-Pace is also a triumph of packaging, fitting the interior space of a Porsche Cayenne into the exterior dimensions of the smaller Porsche Macan.

It's smart in other ways too, using artificial intelligence to work out how much range is left given the traffic, weather conditions and topography. Other standard equipment includes Wi-Fi, over-the-air updates, advanced driver assistance features and navigation. Extra peace of mind comes from an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

The E-Pace crossover, by the way, uses a conventional internal combustion engine and is one size down from the F-Pace.

How Much?

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace starts at $70,495 before any federal or state incentives (which could amount to $10,000).

When Can You Get It?

Orders are being taken now and deliveries should begin from the second half of 2018.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because …

It's a Jaguar, a premium crossover and an electric vehicle. That's a win-win-win.

Other Cars to Consider

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV -- Not in the same premium league or size category, but costs around $37,000 and has a range of 238 miles.

2018 Tesla Model 3 -- This midsize sedan EV starts at $36,000 and has maximum range of 310 miles. However, customers who pre-ordered have been waiting a long time.

2018 Tesla Model X -- Seats up to seven, has those funky "falcon wing" doors and starts at $80,000. To get the big range of 289 miles, though, the cost is more like $140,000.

Used Tesla Model S -- Not a crossover, but a gorgeous and fast luxury electric car.

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