Sports crossovers have always stretched the possibilities of design, but Jaguar’s latest creation, the C-X17, is a combination of everything a petrolhead could look for in a car – the character of a sports car meets the sleek, seductive style and latest technological influences that Jaguar have become so well known for. Created to introduce the company’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, Jaguar hopes to use the C-X17 as the starting point for a future range of high-performance Jags. “The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar,” said Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark.
The company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability has been further established with their announcement that they will be producing a new range of fuel-efficient engines, resulting in emissions lower than 100g of CO2 per kilometre.
Thanks to its low height, optimised centre of gravity, and use of cutting-edge dynamic technologies such as Torque Vectoring By Braking, in which the car intelligently uses its brake system to balance the distribution of engine torque to the wheels during cornering to maximise grip, Jaguar has come up with a car that mixes the fun of a sports car with the sass of a sedan. As Design Director Ian Callum succinctly put it, the C-X17 has been designed “from a distinct set of principles, a deep sense of what makes a Jaguar – exciting proportions, clean lines and balance of form. Assertive and powerful, yet with a beautiful sensuality about it, the C-X17 is boldly, distinctively Jaguar.” The sporty feel is enhanced by the low sitting stance and the car’s haunch lines (which share a similarity – perhaps not unsurprisingly – with the seductive F-TYPE). Of course, the 23 inch alloys, distinctive cantilevered spoiler and piercing Caesium Blue finish certainly add to the effect.
For the curious, the spacious boot encompasses two seats that swing up and out of the boot floor to provide a practical seating area (albeit when the car is stationary) with smart leather holsters conveniently located for storing all the extras one would want to take for a trip in such a car. Maybe a camera to take pictures of your idyllic surroundings whilst perched atop a boot seat?