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Preview: Jaguar I-Pace could give Tesla’s Model X a run for its money​


Jaguar I-Pace could give Tesla's Model X a run for its money

The vehicle can handle temperatures down to -40 C.

The all-electric vehicle will makes its global debut on March 1

The latest crossover from Jaguar, the I-Pace, heralded as a strong competitor for Tesla's Model X, has been undergoing winter testing in Sweden in advance of a global debut on March 1.

The company says the all-electric vehicle handled temperatures down to -40 C, but has not yet divulged how the cold affected range.

Using either an on-board control system or a smartphone remotely, drivers will have the ability to charge the battery and set interior temperature before a trip. By using that technology, maximum range can be assured.

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The I-Pace is undergoing winter testing ahead of its global debut.

The 90-kWh battery will charge to 80 per cent capacity in fewer than 45 minutes, using a DC 50-kW charger. Maximum range is projected to be about 350 kilometres on a single charge (the Model X range is 475 km). The efficiency of the sleekly constructed I-Pace is enhanced by a reported 0.29 drag coefficient (Model X: 0.24).

Identical motors are installed in front and back, providing all-wheel drive by powering each axle independently. Car and Driver has reported that the driver can alter the 50/50 front-to-rear torque to help the vehicle handle winter road conditions. The I-Pace is advertised as accelerating from zero to 100 kilometres in about four seconds (Model X: 3.1 seconds).

The I-Pace can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometres in about four seconds.

The concept I-Pace, introduced at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, had a five-passenger, two-seat configuration in the cabin, which is expected to hold true in the production car. The Model X offers five-, six- or seven-passenger configurations, though it is built more in a traditional SUV structure.

The I-Pace looks like something between a sedan and crossover, with a short nose. It is reportedly five centimetres shorter with a wheelbase 10 cm longer than the popular Jaguar F-Pace SUV.

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