Jaguar debuted its first-ever electric SUV and the royal family just bought one — check it out
Jaguar Land Rover debuted its first all-electric SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, and it will be available in the U.S. starting at $69,500 in fall 2018.
But the U.K.-based car company first made the vehicle available across the pond in March, and the royal family just got one: Prince Charles reportedlybought one in September.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived to their wedding in a Jaguar E-Type, another Jaguar electric vehicle.
The car is the newest member of PACE, the brand’s line of SUVs, and comes in three types: S (standard) for $70,000; SE for $75,000; and the most premium, HSE EV 400 for about $80,000. All three will be available for purchase in the U.S.
The 2019 Jaguar I-PACE features a 90 kWh (kilowatt-hour) battery, delivering a range of up to 240 miles. Drivers can use both AC and DC power chargers (DC is basically a faster method) to charge their vehicle, with zero to 80 percent charge achievable in about 40 minutes using a DC rapid charger (which is found at most public charging stations) or 10 hours with an AC charger.
The car is fast with a 394 horsepower. It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 124 miles per hour.
Jaguar I-PACE features the company’s new infotainment system (dubbed “InControl Touch Pro Duo”): A 10-inch touchscreen integrated into the dashboard uses artificial intelligence to identify individual driver preferences, has 4G Wifi, Navigation Pro GPS and includes Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. There is a separate 5.5-inch touchscreen with multi-function dials that controls seat position and temperature.
The I-PACE, designed to take on Tesla, is somewhere between Tesla’s entry level Model 3 (which costs around $55,000) and Tesla Model S and X (around $100,000), according to USA Today.
With five full seats, the SUV has a sleek angular shape, and there is plenty of room for front and rear passengers. The rear has a hatch for cargo space for things like sports gear or groceries.
You can build your own car by paying for extras. For instance, for premium metallic paint instead of the standard solid paint, you can upgrade for $1,175. Leather seats start at $2,255 and a Head-Up display that projects your speed and the area’s speed limit in the windshield as you drive is $970.