JAGUAR C-X17 CONCEPT REVEALED
Revealed in a series of leaked images over the past week, the C-X17 is believed to be the first preview of an upcoming SUV in Jaguar's production range.
Reports in recent weeks point to the registering of XQ and Q-TYPE trademarks, offering a hint at what we can expect the new models to be called.
If both names are destined for production, we could expect Jaguar's coming midsized sedan to be known as the XQ, and the SUV to wear the Q-TYPE badge.
(The sedan has been dubbed 'XS' in the press, although this name - which can also be seen as 'excess' - seems unlikely.)
As a concept, the C-X17 SUV is the first Jaguar model to be built on the company's aluminium monocoque architecture, which will also underpin the new sedan.
Derived from the aluminium platform underpinning the new Range Rover models, Jaguar's new architecture is known as iQ[AI]. Like the Range Rover version, Jaguar's platform is designed to be both light and also extremely strong.
"This advanced lightweight architecture will form the basis for a new range of future Jaguars; the first product will be a mid-size premium C/D segment sedan launching beginning in 2015, and in North America in 2016," Jaguar says.
"The first aluminum unibody product in its segment, the new sedan will be produced at an all-new, ultra high-tech production facility in Solihull, creating new jobs and substantial opportunities for the supplier base."
The new platform will be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations - setting it closer than Audi to the midsized offerings of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The carmaker has developed a new all-wheel-drive system - again developed with Land Rover - that continuously monitors grip levels and driver input, applying feed-forward torque distribution and torque vectoring when necessary.
Jaguar has also reaffirmed plans to introduce new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines for the iQ[AI] platform, although the more powerful V6 and V8 engines found in the new F-TYPE roadster will also be compatible.
On the styling front, the C-X17 combines elements from across the Jaguar range, with headlights inspired by the XJ and the updated XF, while the tail-lights are all F-TYPE.
The profile of the SUV showcases a muscular and sporting style, while maintaining a practical interior space thanks to a tapered but high roof design. In this sense, the C-X17 fights more with the Porsche Cayenne than the BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz ML.
The cabin of the C-X17 appears largely production-ready, although we can likely expect the more futuristic elements to be simplified before launch.
Watch for new details - and spy photos - of Jaguar's new SUV to surface in the coming months.
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