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Design Award 2017: Jaguar I-Pace

We asked you what your favourite car design is for 2017, and the Jaguar I-Pace Concept has taken the crown

The Auto Express Design Award is decided by you, our readers, via a poll on our website – and now the votes have been counted we can reveal that the car you consider the most stylish to be unveiled over the past 12 months is Jaguar’s all-electric concept, the I-Pace.

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It beat some seriously tough competition to win, which is extremely encouraging for the British brand as it prepares to launch its first pure EV.

The I-Pace is a radical design departure for Jag, but keeps just enough DNA to display its heritage, with cues from the F-Type sports car and F-Pace SUV.

The all-electric powertrain is a first for the firm, and allowed designers to take a fresh set of ideas and create a brand new look. It’s a little smaller than the F-Pace, at 4,680mm long and 1,890mm wide, but there’s a much longer wheelbase that creates the distinctive ‘cab-forward’ look.

Those aggressive headlights and the huge grille are inspired by 2010’s C-X75 supercar concept, and the deep front bumper vents, big alloys and sculpted sides give it a sporty stance befitting of any Jaguar.

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It’s not just the exterior that you love about the I-Pace; the interior is another revolutionary step for Jag. Three screens and touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback cover the dash, delivering a mix of digital and analogue. It’s still at the concept stage for now, but these aspects will certainly inspire the production car we’ll see towards the end of 2018.

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This EV should deliver rock-bottom running costs, with a claimed range of 310 miles on a single charge, and an 80 per cent top-up taking just 90 minutes via a rapid charger. Plus, the twin electric motors deliver 395bhp and 700Nm of torque instantly, which should be enough for 0-60mph in around four seconds.

We’ll have to wait and see how well the newcomer fares when we drive it, but for now there’s no doubt the look of the I-Pace has won over car fans everywhere.

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