JAGAUR HAS TAKEN the wraps off the concept version of its Range Rover Evoque rivalling C-X17.
A Jaguar off-roader has long been rumoured to be under consideration by the British marque, but its taken until now to see what such a car might actually look like. The C-X17 concept has been revealed at the Frankfurt motorshow and takes design cues from its series production siblings, with a front end look similar to that of the XJ executive saloon and a rear end inspired by the new F-Type sports car.
Officially, the C-X17 was “created as a design study to introduce Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture” which will underpin a new BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class rival. But it’s near production-ready styling suggests that it is likely destined for showrooms soon, with the success of the Range Rover Evoque no doubt helping to convince Jaguar Land Rover’s owner Tata.
Expect a production version of the C-X17 to be powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines, with the a version of the F-Type’s V6 petrol likely to be the range-topper. It is unclear whether Jaguar would consider a performance ‘R’ variant of the C-X17.
Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, said, “We designed the C-X17 from the ground up from a distinct set of principles, a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar: exciting proportions, clean lines, balance of form. Assertive and powerful, yet with a beautiful sensuality about it, the C-X17 is boldly, distinctively Jaguar.”