Jaguar C-X17 Concept Hints at Future SUV for the Brand
September 17th, 2013 by Road Test TV
At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar unveiled a new concept crossover known as the C-X17. Now, we’ve been hearing about a potential Jaguar SUV for quite some time now but it seems like it will finally become a reality sometime in 2015.
“The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar. Its purpose is to highlight our all-new aluminium architecture,” said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar. “With this technical foundation, we will dramatically expand Jaguar’s product offering, market potential and customer appeal. 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.”
As mentioned above the Jaguar C-X17 Concept also introduces the brand’s all-new advanced aluminum monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ. The architecture is being developed by Jaguar for a bunch of benefits including high-strength, lighter weight and efficiency.
“The Jaguar C-X17 concept illustrates the diversity of vehicles that could be produced using the architecture. A four-seater sports crossover concept built on the aluminum-intensive architecture, it blends sleek lines, sporting design and luxurious sophistication with enhanced flexibility and an assured driving position,” the company said.
With the debut of the Jaguar C-X17 Concept, the brand also confirmed that it will start offering a wider range of engine choices including all-new 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that will find their way into a bunch of Jags in the future.
When the Jaguar C-X17 Concept hits markets, it will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, BMW X5 and the Audi Q5.
“The sports crossover concept represents the potential expansion of Jaguar’s portfolio of body styles, with the associated enhancement of the brand’s relevance and appeal to a wider global audience,” Jaguar said in a statement.