After the Tesla Model X, the Jaguar I-Pace was the next fully electric SUV to come onto the market. However, the I-Pace is more of a compact SUV. The Jaguar I-Pace also targets the same premium end of the market like the Tesla and other competition from the Audi E-Tron and Mercedes EQC. But what about towing? Well, the I-Pace does have a towing capacity in Europe/the UK of 750 kg (1,600 ish lbs). However, the US Jaguar I-Pace has no official towing capacity at all. The reason would appear to be concerns over range.
Key Jaguar I-Pace Specs
- Official Towing Capacity – None for the US
- Availability – Now
- Price – Starting £69,900
- EPA Range – 234 miles
- Estimated Towing Range (50%) – 117 miles
- Maximum Charge Rate – 104 kW (CCS DC Fast Charger)
Jaguar I-Pace HP & Torque
- EV400 – AWD with 394 HP and 513 lb-ft of torque
Jaguar I-Pace Towing Capabilities
So officially, the US specification Jaguar I-Pace has no official towing capacity currently, therefore why am I writing about this car on electrictowcars.com? Well, its a similar situation to the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model 3. Two other electric vehicles which have official rated towing capacities in Europe and the UK, but no official US towing capacities.
The disparities/differences between US and UK specification EVs when it comes to towing is a real mixed bag. You have some cars like the Audi E-Tron which have the same towing capacity in the US and the UK.
Then you have cars like the Nissan Ariya stating the same figure of 1,500 but under different measurements of either kg or lbs depending on where you live. Therefore, once you do the conversion between kg and lbs the difference between the US and UK towing capacities is very different.
Then you have cars like the Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model 3 and the I-Pace, where a relatively small UK towing capacity is provided, but US customers get no towing capacity at all.
While some Tesla Model 3 US customers have modified their car to tow, I’m not aware of any aftermarket tow packages for the I-Pace. Furthermore, carrying out such towing modifications caries risks to the vehicles warranty and potentially insurance implications.
My Thoughts On The Jaguar I-Pace…
In my Jaguar I-Pace article over on electrictowcars.co.uk, I discuss how when the I-Pace was being promoted by Jaguar in 2017 it was stated no towing capacity would be provided due to the concerns about the impact on range.
I understand Jaguar’s concerns about the impact on range when towing. However, as I discuss in that article, a roughly estimated 50% range reduction is applicable to all EV’s when towing.
Furthermore, the I-Pace has been demonstrated to be more efficient than its key competition in the Audi E-Tron. Therefore, if Audi is willing to offer a more reasonable towing capacity of 1,800 kg (4,000 ish lbs), then I think Jaguar should also provide their customers with a similar towing capacity.
But as things stand, the Jaguar I-Pace has no official towing capacity in US specification. Will that change in the future? Maybe, as both the many competitors for the I-Pace in the form of the Audi E-Tron and Mercedes EQC do have official US towing capacities.
Then again, even the UK Jaguar I-Pace with its 750 kg towing capacity is not exactly a widely practical electric tow car. It’s likely that we won’t see an electric Jaguar that can tow until an updated I-Pace comes onto the market or Jaguar releases a larger/more capable electric SUV.