Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept: First look
Jaguar previews its SUV future with the C-X17 concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Purists take note: "Jaguar SUV" and "Land Rover" are no longer the same thing. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar is previewing its future in the form of the C-X17 concept — a Jaguar-branded crossover. Along with a new crossover, Jaguar will also be bringing to the U.S. a sedan that, unlike the XF, may be available with options below the $50,000 mark.
The Jaguar C-X17 concept uses an aluminum unibody architecture, and has the styling you'd expect from the automaker. Slim headlights appear production-ready and are just like the ones on the XF and XJ, with a similar front grille, too. A silver panel on the lower front fascia gives the C-X17 a crossover-like appeal, as do the huge, chunky 23-inch wheels and LED accent lights. A side vent stretches from the front quarter panel onto the front doors. The profile of the Jaguar crossover — and yes, we're still getting used to saying that — is dominated by a well-defined shoulder line that leads the eye to a rear view that takes after the new F-TYPE. Understated taillights are mounted high on the liftgate that, since this is a concept, is impractically small like the rear windshield size.
Speaking of size, the four-seat Jaguar C-X17 concept's dimensions are not a carbon copy for those of the Range Rover Evoque. The Jaguar concept's 185.7-inch length is closer to the 183-inch BMW X3, though the Jaguar's 114.4-inch wheelbase is longer than the X3's 110.5-inch wheelbase.
Jaguar notes the C-X17 has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches, a figure that will mean absolutely nothing to nearly 100 percent of the people who will consider the production version of this all-wheel-drive concept. Since the Jaguar crossover will be positioned as a driver's car among crossovers, the C-X17 actually has a low seating position. In the cargo area, Jaguar has included two seats made from aluminum and finished in Connolly saddle leather for use when the car is parked. Other interior highlights include a panoramic roof with a set of sculpted vanes stretching from the front to the rear, a head-up display, and a multi-screen infotainment system that allows rear-seat passengers to share photos, videos, or sound files with front-seat passengers and on various social media channels.
On the new Jaguar sedan and crossover, expect in the U.S. the 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a nine-speed automatic, with the 340- or 380-hp version of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 available. Some markets will get a four-cylinder diesel engine, though we wouldn't count on it for our shores.
When the new Jaguar sedan arrives in the 2016 calendar year (in 2015 for other markets), however, the four-door along with the crossover will allow the brand to survive to produce new variants of the lower-volume F-Type. The Cayenne is Porsche's best-selling vehicle and is about to be followed up by a smaller crossover. Other brands have taken notice, and the C-X17 concept is our first glimpse at what will become the fullest Jaguar lineup in recent memory.