As part of the ongoing IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, Jaguar has officially debuted the long-awaited Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept. The car previews the upcoming Jaguar SUV set to hit the production line in the coming years.
Leading up to this point, various official images of the car leaked online meaning the final design isn’t at all surprising. The design of the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept combines Jaguars current design language on a larger platform. What this means is that the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept features the traditional Jaguar front grille now completed with a bright red Jaguar badge as well as headlights similar to those featured on the Jaguar XJ.
From the rear, the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept features taillights similar to the stunning Jaguar F-Type sports car albeit with much sharper and prominent angles. In addition to previewing the styling of the eventual productions-spec Jaguar SUV, the design also provides a more general look at the new range of smaller Jaguars. Included in that new range will be the smaller Jaguar XS sedan.
While the design of the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept is extremely impressive and sleek, the real action comes underneath the bodywork. Previewed on the new C-X17 is an all-new aluminium monocoque which is set to “underpin the entire innovative future of the Jaguar brand”. Dubbed the IQ[AI] platform translating into “intelligent aluminium architecture”, the monocoque is extremely scalable meaning it can be modified for various different Jaguar models in the coming years.
When discussing the all-new Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept, Jaguar design boss Ian Callum said, “It’s an innovative sports crossover, one that uniquely combines our exciting sports car heritage with flexibility, usability and space.
“It is a Jaguar, but in a completely different form. It demonstrates our desire to push the boundaries of technology, performance and of course design.
“The C-X17 was born out of a distinct set of principles: a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar. It’s unmistakably inspired by the F-type, but also designed to launch an entirely new wave of Jaguars. For me, successful design is like a story, full of strong characters and great imagination. A story that can take us on a journey where wonderful experiences can be had.”
While the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept certainly stands out from the pack in relation to its unique styling, the new crossover also features some innovative mechanical components. These include an intelligent all-wheel drive system and most impressively, brake-based torque vectoring.