Jaguar finally released the official details and pictures of the new C-X17 sports crossover concept, the biggest British debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar C-X17 previews a production model that boasts an all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture.
When you hear the words aluminium and monocoque in the same sentence you know that end result is bound to be lightweight, and lightness means a great drive and fuel efficiency. It also means stiffness, which is a nice commodity to have in a car that is, or at least is supposed to be, an off-roader.
Then there is the design of the thing, which is classic Jaguar with sleek and purposeful lines, a classic front-end, and an absolutely beautiful rear-end that is inspired, to some extent, by the new F-Type sports car.
It’s not all show and no go, either. The C-X17 has Jaguar’s intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and 213mm ground clearance. Add to the mix some seriously large wheels and some high-tech stuff like the Torque Vectoring by Braking, and there is no stopping this car. Well, that actually depends on the engine.
Jaguar C-X17 is more of a design study, so they just say a production version would be powered by a range of engines including the new family of high-output, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines. They have one that makes as little as 100g of CO2 per km – and will debut in a new sedan car that will debut in 2015 – and one the other end of the scale, one that can do 300 mph. The crossover will probably get something in between the two.
The C-X17 also showcases advanced interior technologies including Interactive Surface Console – a multi-screen infotainment network that links passengers with each other and the outside world through social media channels. The design appears to be inspired by the Range Rove Evoque, which is a very good thing.