Friday, 13 September 2013

Jaguar unveils new SUV concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

This week Jaguar unveiled its first ever sports crossover vehicle – the C-X17 at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It has been created as a design study showcasing the firm’s new modular aluminium architecture on which an exciting range of new Jaguars will be built.

Designed by Ian Cullum, Jaguar’s director of design, the concept includes a modular and scaleable vehicle architecture which is high-strength, lightweight and includes innovative efficiency upgrades. Jaguar hope to use this to increase production and grow their product portfolio, targeting high-growth areas of the premium market in a wider global audience.

It also signals the firm’s jump on the crossover bandwagon combining sporty performance and sleek design. The hope is also that the new model will emulate the success of the entry level Range Rover Evoque by sister company Land Rover.

Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for Jaguar said, “The C-X17 sports crossover represents and exciting new direction for Jaguar. Its purpose is to highlight our all new aluminium architecture. With this technical foundation we will dramatically expand Jaguar’s product offering, market potential and customer appeal. This new philosophy will bring technology from our luxury products into an accessible price segment”

So what can we expect from the SUV crossover? Features include:
  • Power provided by a new range of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines to be built at Jaguar’s new UK engine plant
  • Top speeds of over 300km/h (186mph), as well as emissions below 100g of CO2 per kilometre
  • Refined on-road dynamics and sedan car-like handling, thanks to its low height
  • Use of cutting-edge dynamic technologies such as Torque Vectoring by Braking, in which the car intelligently uses its brake system to balance the distribution of engine torque to the wheels during cornering, reducing understeer and maximising grip.
  • 4,718mm long and 1,649mm tall
  • 23-inch alloy wheels,  LED headlamps, J-shaped running lights and frosted-glass foglights
  • Painted in a lustrous Caesium Blue finish, with gloss black brightwork surrounding the windows
  • Grille is an evolution of the distinctive nose of the Jaguar XJ luxury sedan
  • Interior features Connolly leather leather on the instrument panel, seats, armrests, doors, floor and in the boot, with stitching on the saddle leather creating a tactile feel
  • Interactive Surface Console - an interactive multi-passenger infotainment hub runs along a central tunnel the length of the vehicle.
Jaguar's first product from the new architecture will be a new premium C/D segment sedan. Its global roll out will begin in 2015.

What do you think? Will you be purchasing one of the new luxury crossovers when they are released? Let us know in the comments below!

Original Jaguar press release: http://newsroom.jaguarlandrover.com/en-in/jaguar/press-kits/2013/09/jag_frankfurt_c-x17_press_kit_090913/

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