Visitors to the Frankfurt Auto Show will be treated to a view of Jaguar’s C-X16 Concept. This development, which features hybrid technology, isn’t too distant from a production vehicle. It has a totally new engine, a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 unit that’s based on the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine range. The unit delivers 375 hp and a peak torque of 332 lb-ft (450 Nm).
It comes with the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox that will be seen on all of the 2012 Jaguar models. In a previous report, the British engineers have been working on a hybrid flywheel but the transmission combines an electric motor and a KERS system that recovers braking energy while charging the lithium-ion battery pack. Furthermore, it could be used to provide a short boost of power.
It offers an output of up to 94 hp and 173 lb-ft/234 Nm of torque. As a result, accelerating from zero to 60 mph takes less than 4.4 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited at 186 mph (300 km/h).
But since the performance is placed somewhere between what the XKR and the XKR-S could produce, it would be interesting to see what the setup could do when it comes to efficiency. Jaguar hasn’t officially revealed many details about the vehicle but we know that it could travel in electric-only mode at speeds below 31 mph (50 km/h).
It has CO2 emissions of 165 grams per km. The styling features on the coupe body of the C-X16 may be what we could expect from future Jaguar designs. Ian Callum remains in charge but we will see how the brand's traditional visual cues have evolved. There will also be several extreme elements such as door handles that pop up when touched.
The C-X16’s length is 4,445 mm, its width is 2,048 mm, and its height is 1,297 mm. Its wheelbase measures 2,622 mm. In the cabin of the C-X16, we see a lot of new items like rotary instruments that have small OLED displays, enabling the driver to choose the functions that are shown. As this is a Jaguar, only the finest materials are used, including Alcantara, anodized aluminum, dark chrome, leather and carbon fiber.