Words : Rohan Patil
Finally after numerous leaks and teasers, Jaguar has officially unveiled the C-X17 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Designed to preview the brand’s upcoming crossover, the C-X17 concept has a Caesium Blue exterior with gloss black accents and 23-inch alloy wheels. The model also sports LED headlights, plastic body cladding and headlights which are inspired from the recently launched Jaguar F-Type.
The cabin with a seating capacity of four is equipped with two-tone leather upholstery, aluminum trim and black anodized metal accents. There’s also a full-length center console, a futuristic infotainment system and a Meridian audio system. This crossover concept also boasts two “leisure seats” that are incorporated in the boot and swing out for “recreational use.”
The crossover is based on an all-new aluminum monocoque architecture that is codenamed iQ[Al]. The platform has been specifically designed for Jaguar and is lightweight, high-strength and extremely stiff. Jaguar also says the platform is modular and scalable so it will be used to underpin their “mid-size premium” sedan that will debut in 2015.
Jaguar declined to reveal about the engine which will power this concept, but Jaguar confirmed the entry-level sedan will be offered with a variety of engines. Detailed specifications were not released but Jaguar said the model will have exhilarating performance, a top speed in excess of 300km/h and CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.
According to Jaguar’s Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark, “The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar. Its purpose is to highlight our all-new aluminium architecture.” He added, ” This new philosophy will bring technology from our luxury products into an accessible price segment, and when combined with our new ultra-efficient engines, we will set a global standard. Add to these rational values, the class-leading dynamics, and the beauty and purity of form that Jaguar is renowned for, and we have the formula for a monumental leap forward.”