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The Jaguar I-Pace breaks with tradition and so are we. Normally we would leave our verdict on a new car until the end but when it comes to the I-Pace you need to know one thing up front — it is not only a fantastic electric vehicle (EV), but it is a fantastic vehicle full stop. If the world has been waiting for a car that redefines the automobile for the future then the I-Pace is it. At least for now. We have driven plenty of EVs over the years, from the Nissan Leaf to the BMW i3 and the Tesla Roadster to the concept Infiniti Emerg-e. We have been disappointed and impressed in sometimes equal measure but what we have not been is seriously excited about the electric car future, until now.

The I-Pace was a "clean sheet of paper for us" says Matthew Beaven, chief exterior designer of advanced design at Jaguar. "We wanted to make an authentic car — not design electric," says Beaven. Removal of the engine from the front enabled the driver to be moved forward; in fact the whole car ...

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