Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept SUV Review
Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept SUV Review. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar is previewing its future in the form of the Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept. Along with a new crossover, Jaguar will also be bringing to the U.S. a sedan that, unlike the XF, may be available with options below the $50,000 mark.
Built on new, flexible all-aluminum architecture that’ll be used to underpin future Jaguars, the Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept is about the size of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. The British automaker touts the new technical foundation as high-strength, lightweight and extremely stiff, and notes that it incorporates sustainable technologies such as a high-strength alloy made from recycled raw material. The architecture’s flexibility means Jaguar will be able to simultaneously manufacture several vehicles on the same production line, a change that will ultimately help the automaker grow its product portfolio. Indeed, if the Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept sees production, it would represent a completely new direction for Jaguar, which has previously focused on luxury sedans and sports cars. However, while Jaguar says a range of future models will be built using the new architecture, it hasn’t yet mentioned a crossover.
On the new Jaguar sedan and crossover, expect in the U.S. the 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a nine-speed automatic, with the 340- or 380-hp version of the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 available. Some markets will get a four-cylinder diesel engine, though we wouldn’t count on it for our shores. Jaguar notes the C-X17 Crossover Concept has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches, a figure that will mean absolutely nothing to nearly 100 percent of the people who will consider the production version of this all-wheel-drive concept. The Jaguar C-X17 concept uses an aluminum unibody architecture, and has the styling you’d expect from the automaker. Slim headlights appear production-ready and are just like the ones on the XF and XJ, with a similar front grille, too. A silver panel on the lower front fascia gives the Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept a crossover-like appeal, as do the huge, chunky 23-inch wheels and LED accent lights. A side vent stretches from the front quarter panel onto the front doors.
Even without full details, however, we’re more than comfortable saying that Jaguar would do well to launch a production version of the Jaguar C-X17 Crossover Concept as soon as is possible.