Jaguar is late to the SUV celebration but rushing into the party with a range of all-new models including the latest compact E-Pace. Unveiled in Britain this week, with a spectacular stunt where an E-Pace was flipped through a barrel roll without damage, the newcomer joins the F-Pace in Australian showrooms next April. It will be followed, from late in 2018, by the all-electric i-Pace that Jaguar promises will take the fight to the Tesla Model X. The E-Pace is built on a mechanical platform similar to the Range Rover Evoque, which means its most likely rivals are the Audi Q3 and BMW X3. Local pricing should run from $48,000 to $85,000 and, apart from petrol and diesel engines with all-wheel drive, the big talking point is connectivity with four 12V outlets, five USB ports and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.
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Isuzu is maintaining interest in its heavyweight D-Max ute and MU-X SUV with a series of monthly specials. The focus for July is a $6000-ish value boost to the heavyweight D-Max LS-U crew cab diesel manual, which lists at $48,300 but is on special at $44,990 drive-away. The MU-X LS-T seven-seat diesel auto lists at $56,100 but is $52,990 drive-away. Both also get two years’ free servicing, which Isuzu values at $1500.