Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV production model now available to order

It promises luxury, performance, style, and most important, good range. The I-Pace's various openings (faux or not) suggest a low-slung gasoline vehicle, not an electric auto - in marked contrast to Tesla, which embraces opening-free minimalism. This isn't meant to be a direct, apples-to-apples comparison, as the four are quite different. The differences are bigger wheels for the last two and more premium packages.

Another feature of InControl Remote is the ability to warm or cool the battery and interior of the vehicle remotely prior to you getting in, so that the former is at its most efficient from the minute you set off and the latter comfortable enough to stop you shivering or sweating for the first few miles.

Storage in the I-Pace is listed at 1453 litres with the rear seats folded flat, and 656 litres when upright.

Power is delivered to all four wheels by a pair of concentric (the drive shaft run through the middle of them) permanent magnet synchronous motors, one ahead of each axle. On the contrary, the I-Pace delivers 294kW and 696Nm, allowing 0-100km/h to happen in 4.8 seconds says Jag. At the other end of the spectrum is the Hyundai Kona EV. With a zero to 60 time of 4.5 seconds, it will probably push your head into the back of the headrest. The Model X can hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds in the P100D trim, but the 100D is estimated at 4.7 seconds and the base model at 4.9 seconds. A rapid-charging unit would get an 80% charge in 40 minutes. It can go 310 miles. The 295-mile range Model X 100D starts at $102,000 and the 75 kWh model starts at $85,500. An effective range of up to 298 miles is claimed. Overnight charging is going to be your best friend here.

Jaguar's first electric vehicle is a small crossover that aims to corner the market before it gets too crowded.

While it isn't Gaydon's job to fix the UK's second-rate infrastructure (the installation of a 350kw charging network has already begun in northern Europe), it will likely have to accept the downside of not contributing its own solution to the problem as Tesla has done.

Since it's a Jaguar, we can expect a little more.

Exterior and interior dimensions Of course, electric cars are still cars, and their practicality and overall size are important details. By the numbers, the I-Pace stretches 117.7 inches between its axles and is 184.3 inches long overall.

The most viable challenger yet to Tesla's Model X SUV sprinted onto the scene Thursday.

The I-PACE will have its world premiere on March 6 at the Geneva show and will be on sale later in the year priced from £63,495. The I-Pace's front trunk, or frunk, opens to reveal less than a cubic foot of additional cargo space. All models come with Jaguar Land Rover's dual-screened infotainment and climate control layout, LED headlights, Sat Nav and Connect Pro (4G Wi-Fi, online services).

  • Carolyn Briggs