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 Rover family, the C-X17, Jaguar’s first ever five-door-crossover, uniquely combines an exciting sports car heritage with flexibility, usability, and space,” 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 car’s exterior Cesium Blue paint finish lends the car a darker, sportier look without compromising luxury building upon Jaguar’s promise to reinvent itself as a sharper and edgier brand. The interior contains Jaguar’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 car’s center tunnel, which will contain multi-passenger interactivity via a in-car secure Wi-fi. The 12-speaker Meridian™ speaker systen allows for a multi-sensory infotainment experience.
“This 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 Rover’s new engine manufacturing facility in the UK.
Although an official production date is not available, Jaguar is eyeing a 2015 roll-out.