Jaguar I-PACE EV arrives to challenge the Tesla Model X on March 1

Jaguar’s I-PACE fully-electric crossover SUV will finally be available to pre-order on March 1.

In a press release this week, the firm revealed its answer to Tesla’s Model X will have a new 100kW DC charger, enabling 80% charging in just 45 minutes.

Autoblog points out when the car was first announced in the summer of 2016, Jaguar touted two hours for an 80% charge, so it’s a big leap forward.

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Jaguar has yet to reveal all of the details, but the initial concept touted a 220-mile range and 400 horsepower, but that may have also changed since the last update.

In its announcement, the iconic British firm touted “sports car performance” combined with “SUV practicality”, as well the ability to operate in -40°F temperatures.

Interestingly, Jaguar said it is debuting a new smartphone app, which will enable drivers to set the battery range and cabin settings when the car is charging.

The release says: “While plugged into power, customers will be able to prepare the car’s battery and cabin temperature ahead of a journey without tapping into the battery’s range.

“Pre-conditioning the car ensures maximum range, performance and comfort whether temperatures are freezing cold or extremely hot. Setting up preferred charging times and pre-conditioning schedules can be done from either the on-board Jaguar InControl system2, or the Jaguar InControl Remote™ smartphone app.”

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The I-PACE will be fully-unveiled on March 1 with a live stream that kicks off at 6pm UK time. It’ll also take centre stage at the Geneva Motorshow on March 6.

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