When the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace goes on sale in late 2018, it'll start at $70,495 for the base S model, including the $995 destination fee but excluding the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit. The Tesla Model X 75D - cheapest of the Tesla Model X line - costs $80,700. The Jaguar I-Pace reportedly costs $10,000 less than the 75D.
That puts the I-Pace into Tesla territory, although the British utility vehicle has only two rows and five seats against the five, six, or seven passengers of the California carmaker's two- or three-row Model X. In the USA, the lower pre-tax price will make the brand more competitive in the luxury segment for electric cars.
Jaguar also said the production version of the 2019 I-Pace will make its US debut at the NY auto show in April.
Yet when switching from the 75D to the 100D, driver Mitch Evans remarks that you could nearly buy a second $69,500 I-Pace for the difference in price between the two Teslas.
Introduce a new electric vehicle and it's nearly impossible to avoid comparisons with Tesla. Tesla also has a growing network of fast-chargers called Superchargers that are located on USA highways in an effort to promote long-distance travel.
If you need more performance or range, of course, Tesla is happy to oblige: the $96,000 Model X 100D will reach 60 miles per hour in a claimed 4.7 seconds and travels 295 miles per charge, while the $140,000 P100D does the deed in just 2.9 seconds and manages 289 miles. Of course, the I-Pace's range advantage is due in part to it having a higher-capacity battery pack and being smaller overall. Note that the standard Model 3 is not yet available.