OVERDRIVE at Frankfurt 2013: Jaguar C-X17 concept
Jaguar's C-X17 has made its global debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Jaguar has aptly chosen its first sports crossover concept vehicle to introduce its all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al].
The C-X17 was created as a carrier for Jaguar's new advanced architecture, codenamed iQ[Al]
This architecture will underpin Jaguar models of the future. The architecture is high-strength, lightweight and extremely stiff. It allows flexibility in volume production, without compromising the character, dynamics, performance and luxury of the car. This will help Jaguar to expand its product portfolio and target high-growth areas of the auto market. The first model from this platform will be an upcoming mid-sized sports sedan.
The power to, not only the C-X17, but future models to come will be delivered by engines with a wide range of capacities and output
The production of this 3 Series and C-Class competitor will start from 2015. Jaguar also says that this car will be more spacious than its rivals, while at the same time will not compromise on power and efficiency. Jaguar's D-segment competitor will have the first engine from the firm's new engine facility in Britain.
The C-X17 and future models will be powered by engines with a wide range of capacities and high output to be built at the JLR's new engine manufacturing facility. The powerful V6 petrol engine, that powers the F-Type, will also be based on the lightweight architecture. These attributes will enable Jaguar to find the ideal balance between performance, efficiency and emissions.
The planted look, large wheels, fine creases, prominent front, spoiler, steep rear and tightly designed lamp assemblies lend a certain sportiness to the vehicle
From the outside, the C-X17 does look beautiful. The planted look, large wheels, fine creases, prominent front, spoiler, steep rear and tightly designed lamp assemblies lend a certain sportiness to the vehicle.
The car gets individual bucket seats, sculpted panoramic roof, two-tone leather upholstery, a full touch-enabled information and access system and a high-end Meridian music system.
The styling of the four-seater was overseen by Ian Callum, Jaguar's design director, who said: "We designed the C-X17 from the ground up from a distinct set of principles, a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar: exciting proportions, clean lines, balance of form. Assertive and powerful, yet with a beautiful sensuality about it, the C-X17 is boldly, distinctively Jaguar."
Many of the features may be left out or tweaked in the production model, but the kind of ideas carried by the C-X17 could trickle down to future models eventually.