DE­SIGN

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Life & Style -

Nice easy one to start... Jag’s I-Pace has been con­ceived from the out­set to be a de­sign state­ment, to chal­lenge the es­tab­lish­ment with pro­por­tions that re­flect the fact that this is some­thing new, for all of us. In­spi­ra­tion came from the C-X75 hy­per­car that never was, says Ian Cal­lum. Hmmm, bit of a stretch that one, but it’s still a hugely con­fi­dent piece of de­sign. Get it jacked up on its air sus­pen­sion in off-road mode and it gets all a bit Jet­sons. Bril­liant. When all’s said and done, it’ll be this, not the F-Type, that Cal­lum’s re­mem­bered for.

And then there’s the Tesla, in­spi­ra­tion from a bar of soap. But can you blame them? The mis­sion is to slip un­der the radar and onto the drive­ways of mil­lions of homes around the world – any­thing too con­tro­ver­sial would have been pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive or need­lessly di­vi­sive. Which is why the Jag walks it and gets off to a dream start. Bri­tain 1, USA 0. Come on the lads.

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