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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.


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.

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