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July 14, 2017 Cars By Photo by Jaguar Land Rover

The industry standard for unveiling a new car or SUV usually involves a stage, smoke machines, loud music and a light show. Well, Jaguar gave that playbook the middle finger yesterday when it announced the all-new E-Pace with a record-breaking 50-foot-long barrel-roll stunt, earning it a Guinness World Record for the farthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.

Despite what its name might suggest, the E-Pace is not an electric car at all. It’s Jaguar’s first foray into the crossover market. It will actually be powered by either a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, or the same inline-four engine but tuned to produce 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. All-wheel-drive is standard, no matter the engine choice. And at $38,600, it’ll be a tad more expensive than its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1.

So, has Ian Callum’s masterful hand penned a crossover that’s finally made this redheaded stepchild of a segment attractive? Or is the epic stunt at the ExCeL Stadium in London just compensation? Well, if the E-Pace is anything like the F-Pace, we might have to rethink our opinion on the tiny SUVs.

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