Virtually all the major manufacturers are feverishly developing new platforms nowadays, and Jaguar is of course no exception.
At the Frankfurt Show, they presented the C-X17 concept car, which is meant to be a design study for Jaguar's new lightweight monocoque platform, called the iQ(Al).
This crossover combines the typical Jaguar design language and performance with the typical advantages of a high seating position and practicality.
The iQ(Al) platform is modular, light and extremely rigid and offers complete flexibility in terms of design, equipment and production.
This platform will form the basis for a new range of future attractively priced Jaguars.
The first model driving on this new platform is scheduled for 2015 and will be a premium sedan in the C/D segment. This car will be the first to have an all-aluminium bodywork.
A new range of powerful and economical petrol- and Diesel engines is also planned, and these units will be built in the new engine plant of Jaguar Land Rover in England.
This new engine range will also lift the performance of these cars in the C/D segment to hitherto unseen levels, with top speeds above 300 kph and CO2 emissions below 100 g/km.
With the C-X17, Jaguar also introduces some advanced technologies for the interior, amongst others the so-called "Interactive Surface Console" - an in-board infotainment network with several displays where the passengers can have access to internet and social media.
The Jaguar design team responsible for the C-X17 is not surprisingly the Director of Design Ian Callum.
Needless to say that with this sports crossover, Jaguar is entering new (design) paths and will be making cars with a brand new architecture.
Thanks to the intelligent aluminium platform - hence the name iQ(Al) - the Jaguar product line will be widened, and Jaguar will also be able to introduce the technology of the luxury models to more moderately priced segments, and therefore attract additional clientele.
Interesting times are ahead, and we just let you admire the pictures here!
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