Jaguar has introduced the C-X17 – its first ever sports crossover concept vehicle -- at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was built as a design study to showcase the brand’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al], which will be used for a new range of models. Jaguar seeks to use this new concept for its future models.
The vehicle architecture, which was designed for Jaguar, is modular and scalable. It is high-strength, lightweight, very stiff and utilizes revolutionary efficiency technologies. It allows for flexibility in high-volume production but at the same time, there’s freedom in creative design. Its interior packaging is competitive without having an impact on Jaguar’s distinct character, dynamics, performance and luxury.
Jaguar is then able to expand its product range and to penetrate high-growth areas of the premium market. The Jaguar C-X17 explores the design possibilities of the sports crossover segment by sustaining the character and driving experience of a sports car while boosting its presence, style and flexibility.
The sports crossover concept stands for the prospective expansion of Jaguar's assortment of body styles, with the accompanying boost in its relevance and appeal to a bigger worldwide audience. Jaguar stated that it has created the formula for making a “monumental leap forward," citing its all-new aluminium architecture and accessible price segment that when combined with its new ultra-efficient engines, will allow the brand to set a global standard.
As a sports hybrid, the Jaguar C-X17 idea is presented as a driver's vehicle. It has an on-road inclination, and its low height, improved center of gravity and lightweight all-aluminum body supply it with unrivalled, car-like driving flow and cutting-edge technologies that would make it comfortable on the quickest roads. The C-X17 likewise highlights ingenious dynamic innovations, like Torque Vectoring by Braking, a system which continually checks the car’s cornering dynamics and, whenever necessary, cleverly utilizes the brake system to readjust the dissemination of engine torque to the wheels, so that it can decrease understeer and amplify grip.
With its 213mm ground clearance and intuitive All-Wheel Drive, the C-X17 could likewise provide reliable capacity and improved grip on rough roads and in differing climate conditions. Jaguar’s state-of-the-art All-Wheel Drive system constantly checks grip levels and driver inputs and utilizations feed-forward torque dissemination to both pre-empt and respond to wheel-slip, giving exceptional driver confidence and vehicle reliability in low-grip conditions. In ordinary grip conditions, the system overwhelmingly gives drive to the rear wheels, offering the dynamic driving experience all Jaguars are famous for.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: BEAUTY OF PROPORTION
With a hybrid being another journey for Jaguar, Director of Design Ian Callum and his group were clear that the C-X17 would not trade its well-established values of Jaguar car architecture: clarity of shape, excellence of line and balance of proportion. Indeed, even as it endorsed the practicalities required of the hybrid category, the C-X17 had to be elegant, energizing and exhilarating. It had to immediately emerge from the crowd, yet maintain the feeling of immortal grandeur that is standard of Jaguar.