The last time Jaguar tried to take on the BMW 3-Series and its compact sport sedan ilk, they used the Ford-derived X-Type and it failed rather miserably. Now they're trying again, and one report says if they fail once more the brand is doomed. Here's why you should take it with a big gulp of salt.
Kevin Stride (Head of Engineering) and Ian Callum (Head of Design) both smiled when I told them I think I know what they're up to with this concept. Of course, they couldn't comment. But we talked numbers.
Jaguar says the first car using their new aluminum monocoque will be a sports sedan coming in 2015. My guess is that the C-X17 SUV will be the second. It's almost ready now, and the feedback is very positive.
If a Jaguar F-Type rear-ended a Jaguar XF, and then they somehow got taller when that happened, you'd have this, the Jaguar C-X17 Concept. And yes, you're allowed to like it. In fact, you'd be out of your mind not to.
A frontal shot of the Jaguar CX-17 Concept leaked yesterday, and now a revealing three-quarter view has dropped. It looks like an XJ's brother that's been hanging out too much at the local gym.
The Jaguar C-X17 will take the brand into CUV/SUV territory for the first time ever. What's it look like? It looks like a bloody Jaguar.
The Frankfurt Motor Show starts next week, and with Audi alone having 28 cars on a 24,756 sq-ft display, I expect a very strong German presence. But the British will be worth a look too, with Caterham showing off their new entry-level prototype, and Jaguar teasing already with the mysterious C-X17 crossover/wagon…