Jaguar CUV Concept Introduces Aluminum Unibody Architecture

The C-X17, Jaguar’s first ever sports crossover concept vehicle, makes its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminum unibody architecture on which a complete range of future Jaguar vehicles will be built.

Jaguar said this new philosophy underpins the entire innovative future of the Jaguar brand; as a modular and scalable vehicle architecture, engineered and developed for Jaguar, the architecture is high-strength, lightweight, extremely stiff and incorporates innovative efficiency technologies.

Jaguar’s engineers said this architecture enables flexible high-volume production while allowing creative design freedom and competitive interior packaging, and delivering the unique character, dynamics, performance and luxury that Jaguar is famous for.

Jaguar C-X17_Side-668Per Jaguar, as a sports crossover, Jaguar said the C-X17 stretches the design possibilities of the segment by combining the character and driving experience of a sports car with increased presence, style and flexibility. The sports crossover concept represents the potential expansion of Jaguar’s portfolio of body styles, with the associated enhancement of the brand’s relevance and appeal to a wider global audience.

“The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar,” said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar. “Its purpose is to highlight our all-new aluminum architecture. With this technical foundation, we will dramatically expand Jaguar’s product offering, market potential and customer appeal. This new philosophy will bring technology from our top-of-the-range products into new growing premium segments, and when combined with our new ultra-efficient engines, we will set a global standard. Add to these rational values, the class-leading dynamics, and the beauty and purity of form that Jaguar is renowned for, and we have the formula for a monumental leap forward.”

Jaguar said its first product from the new architecture will be a new premium C/D segment sedan; its global rollout will begin in 2015 (North America in 2016) and it will be the first aluminum unibody product in the segment.

Power will be provided by engines with a wide range of capacities and output said Jaguar, all delivering inspirational performance and offering the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies without sacrificing drivability. These will include the high-output gasoline and diesel engines to be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine manufacturing facility in the UK, as well as the V6 gasoline engine now found in the F-TYPE.

According to Jaguar, the C-X17 concept illustrates the diversity of vehicles that could be produced using the architecture. A four-seater sports crossover concept built on the aluminum-intensive architecture; it blends sleek lines, sporting design and luxurious sophistication with enhanced flexibility and an assured driving position.

The aluminum-intensive architecture will be modular and scalable, providing a high degree of flexibility and making it possible for Jaguar to produce a wider lineup of models and derivatives than before.

Per Jaguar, it is lightweight, extremely stiff and incorporates innovative technologies which reflect Jaguar’s commitment to sustainability, such as a new high-strength alloy made from almost 100% recycled raw material.

The architecture is being developed to fully incorporate all the vehicle attributes established by Jaguar engineers, while its flexibility and scope will deliver an individual character for each one.

Jaguar said design and engineering teams collaborated closely on its development from the outset to ensure versatility of design combined with fully competitive interior packaging.

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