Jaguar’s first ever sports crossover concept vehicle, the C-X17, made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce an all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al], on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will be built.
|Jaguar C-X17 Concept|
The Jaguar C-X17 has dynamic yet perfectly balanced proportions, with the low profile and large wheels giving it a powerful, planted stance. The long bonnet’s twin ‘power bulges’ and prominent grille give the concept a muscular look. The headlamps hint at the C-X17’s saloon siblings while the grille is inspired by the XJ. The grille features a hexagonal pattern, with small aluminium panels within its structure that can close to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties. The C-X17’s roofline swoops quickly rearwards, culminating in a distinctive spoiler over a steeply raked rear window. The exterior paint finish is a lustrous Caesium Blue, while the window liners are gloss black. The large 23-inch wheels, which enhance the C-X17’s solid stance, are a one-off design with five split spokes.
Power is expected to be provided by engines with a wide range of capacities and output, all delivering inspirational performance and offering the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies without sacrificing drivability. These will include the high-output petrol and diesel engines as well as the powerful V6 petrol engine found in the F-Type, which will provide best-in-class specific power output thanks to the lightweight architecture. The power plants deliver exhilarating performance and top speeds of over 300km/h.
The interior of the C-X17 blends high-end interactive technology with premium, traditionally crafted materials, resulting in a spacious, airy, luxurious and sophisticated interior. The Jaguar C-X17 seats four passengers in individual bucket seats. The seating position is relatively low for a crossover, giving the occupants a feeling of sitting deep within the cabin. The seats are lightweight units with a sculpted free-standing appearance, visually enhancing the airiness of the cabin.
|View from the top|
The spacious boot incorporates two leisure seats that swing up and out of the boot floor for use when the car is stopped and the rear hatch opened. Solidly constructed from milled aluminium and finished in leather, these seats swing outwards on a beautifully engineered hinge to provide a practical seating area when the car is stationary. Accessories that support an active lifestyle, such as a torch and a camera, are positioned in leather holsters, in storage compartments located in the boot.
The Jaguar C-X17’s instrument panel has a twin-dial configurable TFT console with provision for a Head-Up-Display – a system which projects vital information onto the windscreen for the driver to process quickly. The gearshift has a rotary dial, which rises on activation and serves as the interface to toggle between driving modes such as Road, Sport or All-Road. Milled aluminium vents on the console, seats and doors mirror the pattern of the grille mesh.
|Production model expected soon|
The Jaguar C-X17 is currently under development to become a production ready crossover. The C-X17 production model will be Jaguar’s first crossover while its chassis will be used in an all-new compact saloon that will rival the C-Class, BMW 3-series and Audi A4. More details of the Jaguar C-X17 production version to follow .