Jaguar launches its first electric car - the eagerly anticipated I-Pace

Jaguar's I-Pace concept was arguably one of the best-received prototypes of recent years – with its slick design praised and the promise of Tesla-rivalling performance bandied about. Now, the British manufacturer has finally revealed the long-awaited production version, and we're happy to report it doesn't stray far at all from the concept.

Pitched as a rival to the Tesla Model X SUV, the I-Pace is an all-electric crossover packed, as you might expect, with the latest tech. The sleek cab-forward body hides a 90kWh battery pack, which is mated to a pair of electric motors producing a combined total of 396bhp.

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That pairing is enough to give the I-Pace an all-electric range of 298 miles and impressive performance – with 0-60mph taking just 4.5 seconds. The whole thing sits on a lightweight aluminium architecture, which Jaguar says makes the I-Pace the stiffest car it has ever built.

That rigidity bodes well for driving dynamics, which could become one of the Jaguar's key selling points. The inherent advantages of electric vehicles – a low centre of gravity, instantaneous torque and individual motor control should all contribute to a dynamic drive of the sort Jaguar has mastered in its road cars.

Inside, the I-Pace is loaded with kit, including Jaguar's new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. In a similar vein to Land Rover's latest packages, the system eschews buttons for a pair of touchscreens to control everything from driving modes to climate control.

EV-specific navigation plans longer routes around charging stations, while in-built Amazon Alexa functionality means you can check on your car from the comfort of your home just by talking to your Alexa-enabled device.

The new Jaguar I-Pace will make its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next week. Prices will reportedly start from £58,995 for an entry-level model. That's definitely a lot of money, but it's over £10,000 cheaper than a basic Tesla Model X – so in many ways, a bit of a bargain.

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