Jaguar unveiled its Jaguar C-X17 sports crossover concept, the latest aim to innovate the brand, during a press conference at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in Germany.
Drawing comparisons to the Jaguar Range RoverÂ family, the C-X17, Jaguarâ€™s first ever five-door-crossover, uniquely combines an exciting sports car heritage with flexibility, usability, and space,â€ said a Jaguar spokesmen during the press conference.
The car will be built upon an all-new advanced aluminum unibody architecture, initiating the basis on which future Jaguar vehicles will be built. This will enable flexible high-volume production, the first product will be a mid-size premium sedan on sale in 2015.
As a sports crossover, the carâ€™s exterior Cesium Blue paint finish lends the car a darker, sportier look without compromising luxury building upon Jaguar’sÂ promise to reinvent itself as a sharper and edgier brand. The interior contains Jaguarâ€™s new Panoramic sculpted roof, will seat four passengers in individual bucket seats and a rotary dial gearshift allows drivers to toggle between driving modes such as Road, Sport or All-Road. An Interactive Surface Console will run the length of the carâ€™s center tunnel, which will contain multi-passenger interactivity via a in-car secure Wi-fi. The 12-speaker Meridianâ„¢ speaker systen allows for a multi-sensory infotainment experience.
â€œThis new philosophy will bring technology from our luxury products into an accessible price segment, and when combined with our new ultra-efficient engines, we will set a global standard,” says Adrian Hallmark, Global brand director of Jaguar.
The car will be powered by a range of engines with differing capacities and power outputs, including new high-output and efficient 4-cylinder gas and diesel engines enabling top speeds of over 186mph, to be built at Jaguar Land Roverâ€™s new engine manufacturing facility in the UK.
Although an official production date is not available, Jaguar is eyeing a 2015 roll-out.