Jaguar has officially unveiled the C-X17 concept, which previews its upcoming crossover. The C-X17 concept features a Caesium Blue exterior with gloss black accents. It rides on a set of 23-inch alloy wheels and is fitted with LED headlights, plastic body cladding and F-Type inspired taillights. This four-seat cabin is impressive with its two-tone leather upholstery, aluminum trim and black anodized metal accents.
It’s also equipped with a full-length centerconsole, an ultramodern infotainment system and a Meridian audio system. Highlights are its two leisure seats that are mounted in the boot and swing out for "recreational use." It is built on an all-new aluminum monocoque architecture with a codename of iQ[Al].
The platform – which is lightweight, high-strength and exceedingly stiff – is designed especially for Jaguar. The automaker said that since the platform is scalable and modular, it can be used for their “mid-size premium" sedan that’s set to arrive in 2015. Jaguar wouldn’t confirm what will power the crossover. All that it would say is that the entry-level sedan will be available with various engines. Jaguar didn’t release the detailed specs yet.
However, it claimed that the model will offer an amazing performance, a maximum speed in excess of 300km/h (186mph) and a CO2 emissions figure of lower than 100 g/km. Jaguar's Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark said that the C-X17 sports crossover showcases the brand’s new direction and is also meant to put the spotlight on its all-new aluminium architecture.
He also said that it will usher in an expansion of its products and an improvement in its market potential and appeal. He believes that under this philosophy, the technology from its luxury products will be brought into a price segment that’s more accessible. When coupled with its very efficient engines, Jaguar will then be able set the worldwide standard.
As a crossover vehicle, the Jaguar C-X17 is a concept automobile positioned as a driver's automobile. With its on-road bias, lower height, optimal centre of gravity, and light aluminium body, it has greater, car drive dynamics, and an agility that makes it very much at home on fast roads. The C-X17 also has modern dynamic features like Torque Vectoring by Braking, a system that is always monitoring the auto’s cornering performance and, when needed, smartly employs the brakes for a rebalanced distribution to the wheels of engine torque to lessen understeering and to maximise surface grip.
With a 213-mm clearance and intelligent All Wheel Drive, the C-X17 also offers reassuring ability and augmented grip on poor road surface and in various climate conditions. Jaguar's intelligent All Wheel Drive constantly monitors the levels of grip and driver actions to feed forward torque distribution to anticipate and to respond to wheel slippage, offering better drive confidence and vehicle solidity in conditions of low grip. In normal conditions, the system mainly provides drive to the rear, giving the vibrant drive experience Jaguar is famous for.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: BEAUTY OF PROPORTION
Since this is a new venture into crossover territory for Jaguar, the design director, Ian Callum, and his team were positive that the C-X17 would not concede on Jaguar’s historic values of design: pure form, beautiful lines, and balanced proportions. Even as it made way for the expected practicalities of a crossover, the C-X17 had to be sophisticated, athletic, and thrilling. It immediately had to be noticed in a crowd, and to keep the feeling of eternal refinement that is always Jaguar.