It’s the worst kept secret in the industry – and now we have official confirmation that Jaguar will be revealing its all-important crossover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In true modern-day car launch style, this is the start of the drip-feed in the lead-up to the moment the covers come off on the motor show stand in a few days’ time.
The C-X17 is an important step in the development of the Jaguar marque. Currently, within the JLR stable, it’s Land Rover that’s doing the volume, with a fresh range that of cars that people actually want to buy. Hopefully, the new crossover will help readdress the balance, attacking one of the fastest growing sectors of the market, currently dominated by the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque. Jaguar’s entrant in this market will undoubtedly be pitched as a sporting challenger, with a very different set of qualities to those of its in-house counterpart, the Evoque.
Interestingly, Jaguar has confirmed that the C-X17 will be underpinned by the company’s new ‘highly-advanced, modular aluminium architecture’. Given that Jaguar has yet to truly capitalise on its current and previous aluminium products (the XJ), we can expect to see more being made of this in the coming months. It’s also a even money bet that the long-awaited 3-Series rival will be spun from this, as well as the replacement for the XF, which is still around four years (and one upcoming facelift) away.
No doubt, we’ll learn more about the crossover C-X17 in the coming days – but the word from the inside is that the production version won’t hit the showrooms until 2016, which we hope won’t be too late to really capitalise on the potential of growing markets in the East.