Jaguar C-X16 is almost ready for production! Compact sedan and coupe also being developed!

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2011

Due to the positive feedback from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X16 Concept will be produced and according to executives the car is almost ready for production. The new car that will take on cars such as the Porsche Boxster is seen as the "the spiritual successor to the E-Type" that went on sale 50 years ago.

Although the concept version of the C-X16 was powered by a V6 engine with an unspecified displacement and a plug-in electric motor, the production version of the car is expected to have only a gasoline engine, but don’t be surprised if a hybrid version will arrive.

Still, Jaguar is also developing a compact sedan, but this model is few years away from production, says Autonews. This would be the first compact sedan offered by Jaguar since the X-Type was axed back in 2008. In order to compete with cars such as the Bmw 3-Series, the car needs to be priced under $40,000 but Jaguar needs also new engines and it appears that the new vehicle will receive a V-6, a four-cylinder turbo or both.

What is more interesting is that a coupe based on the sedan is also being developed, which means that a rival for the Bmw 3-Series Coupe is also on its way.The new compact sedan isn't likely to arrive before 2014. Regarding the other models, Jaguar is not planning to refresh the XJ until 2013, while the XF (which received a facelift in April) will be redesigned in 2015.

If there’s any way to describe Jaguar’s new design principle, it’s very dramatic in a sense that it gave a new meaning to the usual 2-seater sports car that we always knew. The Jaguar C-X16 Concept says it all in the simplest form. As a result, the styling techniques interrelate with the bodywork and with the mechanical aspect of the car.

Jaguar always wanted to come up with a design that looks perfectly fit. In fact, the well-sculpted lines all over its Gunmetal-finished body are equally beautiful as well. Thus, Jaguar’s highly renowned design philosophy is taking a new direction.

At first, it may look simple, but the “heart lines” that sweep down the roof and go down to its tail and back to the front wing show that the car is more exciting than we thought.

Momentarily, the Jaguar C-X16 Concept has similarities with not just one but three Jaguar concept vehicles. X16’s rounded trapezoidal grille is basically borrowed from the CX75 model. Apparently, Jaguar’s C-X75 has the same signature style with the XL and XF models that we have at the moment.

As Ian Callum suggests, the Jaguar C-X16 is designed from the basic principles. Then, it continues to evolve into a more compelling design with hi-tech components that sooner or later define Jaguar’s original concept of style.

The Director of Design also thinks that what really matters is the stance of the vehicle. They had done everything to put back Jaguar’s signature stance. This will help bring out the car’s dynamic tension appearance. And last but not the least, the C-X16 has hidden powers just by looking at the car’s iconic “leaping into action” composure.

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