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BILLING it­self as the world’s first pre­mium elec­tric SUV, ahead of Audi’s im­mi­nent e-tron (and ig­nor­ing Tesla’s Mpv-es­que Model X), the pro­duc­tion Jaguar I-pace dif­fers lit­tle from the con­cept car un­veiled at Geneva a year ear­lier. Fea­tur­ing an elec­tric mo­tor on each axle for a com­bined 294kw/696nm (and 0-100km/h in 4.8sec), the I-pace can fastcharge its bat­ter­ies to 80 per­cent within 40 min­utes and has a max­i­mum range of 480km. Priced from $119,000 when it goes on sale in Oz late this year, the I-pace re­jects Jaguar’s tra­di­tional long-nosed form for a dar­ingly cab-for­ward stance, and fully ex­ploits the pack­ag­ing ad­van­tages of its elec­tric driv­e­train, in­clud­ing 656 litres of boot space. NP

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