The concept version of Jaguar's first SUV attracted a great deal of attention when it made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013 – and with good reason. Named C-X17, the vehicle is another triumph of Jaguar's head of design Ian Callum, whose F-TYPE sportscar was received with such adulation last year.
The characteristic Jaguar grille, large air intakes and the sweeping, sharp “cat's-eye" headlights give the model ample road presence, but a delicately raked windscreen, minimal front overhang and tapered upper section mean that its appearance is anything but brutish. The concept model boasts 23" alloy wheels with a five split-spoke design, although these may not be available with the production model.
A sleek, modernist interior features ambient lighting, four slimline bucket seats and a central infotainment touchscreen – the “Interactive Surface Console" – is connected to an internal wi-fi system and a variety of different media. The numerous speakers, provided by the acclaimed specialists Meridian, provide the crispest of soundtracks to any journey. A scaled-down version of the cabin entertainment is expected to be included in the finished design.
When it arrives, the new vehicle will be powered by an all-new range of engines. In conjunction with its lightweight chassis, which uses a large proportion of aluminium and carbon fibre, the production model is expected to combine outstanding performance with CO2 emissions that could drop below 100g/km.
Jaguar have announced that the C-X17 will enter production this year, with the first cars off the production line expected in 2016. The car is expected to mount a vigorous challenge towards other premium 4X4s such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Lexus RX.