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Jaguar C-X17 Concept Debut

A crossover Jag, sure. A look into the future is more like it, though.

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What's New

So Jaguar finally made a crossover concept, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense since Jag's sister company Land Rover already makes a good number of SUVs and crossovers. Except a Jaguar crossover does make sense. The crossover market is something completely different for Jaguar, with no off-roading pretentions whatsoever. More than that, however, Jaguar is showing us its next-generation XF sedan in the C-X17 concept, as it says that a midsize sedan will be based upon the very same aluminum architecture of this concept. That car is slated to arrive in 2015.

Who It's For

If this concept were to be made, it would be targeting the same set as the Lexus RX, BMW X5, and other crossovers that aren't really intended for anything more than a muddy street. But seeing as it's just a concept, and Jag has confirmed that the architecture will make its way underneath the next midsize luxury sedan, we're thinking this crossover could show cues for both the XF and future products that may draw inspiration from this concept. This concept and the reaction it gets will determine the future of Jaguar.

Key Features

Forget the styling or the interior. Here's what you need to know:
  • The next-generation midsize Jaguar will be mostly made of aluminum; the current one is made of steel.
  • The current Jaguar XF's all-wheel-drive system was a bit of an afterthought; the next one will be designed with an all-wheel-drive option from the onset with torque-vectoring.
  • Jaguar is using an Interactive Surface Console that runs the length of the interior to allow passengers to share pictures, download items, surf the internet, and more. We could see some of these features making their way into Jag's next-gen infotainment system.

What We Think

Land Rover has gotten a huge cash infusion in recent years, and it has shown with breakout sales hits like the Range Rover Evoque and big Range Rovers, among others. Jaguar got its first taste of an all-new, hotly anticipated design by way of the Jaguar F-Type, and the automaker cannot produce them quickly enough. The trend seems to be when a car looks great and delivers performance as promised, it will sell.

We'd be surprised if Jaguar doesn't produce a crossover at some point, but the real story is that it will share its architecture with a midsize sports sedan, a small sports sedan, likely the next-generation XK sports coupe and convertible, and more. This concept looks like a winner; the vehicles that come to showrooms as a result of it should be even better.

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