Jaguar Challenges Tesla for the Luxury Electric Vehicle Top Spot

Jaguar Challenges Tesla for the Luxury Electric Vehicle Top Spot

In 2018 Jaguar made a bold move to jump into the luxury electric vehicle race with their I-Pace SUV. In 2019, they continue to challenge Tesla as the top dog in the electric vehicle market by making the 50th-anniversary XJ an all-electric vehicle. Both vehicles will keep the high-end standard that Jaguar is known for, making the next few years very interesting for those watching the electric vehicle race.

The I-Pace vs the Model X

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Side by side these two all-electric SUVs look very similar. Both are sporty and challenge the traditional boxy SUV of old. The I-Pace has a boxier nose than the Model X but the big difference comes when you open the doors. Tesla’s Model X has falcon wing doors that open up instead of out, taking the Model X from your standard luxury vehicle to a Back to the Future style amazing.

Under the hood, the Model X continues to outperform the I-Pace. According to Jaguar specs, the I-Pace boasts 400 horses with 516 foot-pounds of torque and will get you to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. Certainly nothing to sneeze at, but if you want to compete with Tesla, you are going to have to do a little better.

Tesla doesn’t give the exact horsepower rating for the Model X, but thanks to dynatesters, we know this little electric SUV can push out 487 hp and Tesla themselves claim the vehicle can hit 60 miles per hour in just 2.9 seconds. Plenty of power to pin you to the seat and make you giggle like a four-year-old.

The Model X also has a longer battery range. 295 miles versus 220 for the I-Pace.

The one spot Jaguar out performs Tesla is in the charge times. The Jaguar I-Pace can reach an 80% charge (taking you about 180 miles) in only 90 minutes, where it would take the Tesla Model X almost 6 hours to reach the same range. This makes the I-Pace a little bit more economical on your electrical and ranks a little bit higher on the green energy scale.

The 2019 XJ

Jaguar is learning quickly about the electric car market. Although Jaguar has yet to release all of the data on the 2019 XJ, here is what we know so far. The XJ will keep its luxury interior styling but will switch from a 4 door to 5 door setup, similar to the Tesla Model S.

The XJ will borrow the dual motor 400 hp setup from the I-Pace and have a range of about 220 miles with a full charge. It will also keep the speedy charging system currently available on the I-Pace.

Jaguar plans to keep the XJ as it’s flagship vehicle so look for some interesting upgrades and add-ons when the vehicle is fully revealed later in 2018.

The Competitive Advantage

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While Tesla might have cornered the electric car market, Jaguar has something Tesla doesn’t: age. The all-electric 2019 Jaguar XJ will be the 50th-anniversary version of the car. Jaguar has a brand reputation for luxury, quality, and customer care Tesla has yet to match.

To date, Tesla has had issues in the production of both their cars and replacement parts. Some customers have had waits as long as six months to get the part to fix their car and the current wait time to get a Tesla Model 3 is at least a year.

If Jaguar can produce comparable vehicles at a faster pace and make parts readily available it will force Tesla to get on the ball with their production lines. Good news for both Tesla and Jaguar owners.

Will Tesla Stay in the Luxury Market?

This is a big question on the lips of car enthusiasts everywhere. With Tesla releasing the $35,000 Model 3 and Jaguar jumping in the luxury electric car market people everywhere are wondering if Tesla will keep its luxury image or try to be the next Ford Model T.

With Elon Musk at the helm of Tesla anything is possible, but so far it looks like Tesla will take a page out of BMW’s book and offer a cheaper series as well as their high-end luxury brand.

Here at Dorn’s, we are certified to work on both Tesla and Jaguar vehicles. We will be watching the electric car race closely and keeping up with the latest technology. Both vehicles have similar all Aluminum bodies with all Aluminum structural frame rails along with castings, extrusions and even ultra-high strength steel. Following a certified repair process is crucial to your vehicle being return to you correctly and safely. Only certified collision repair facilities such as Dorn’s can accurately repair your vehicle utilizing correct repair procedures and parts. In many cases the vehicle manufacturer will only release these parts to certified repairers.

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