Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
Jaguar C-X17 Concept Goes All Aluminum For Weight Loss
The Jaguar C-X75 Concept was one of the most innovative and attractive concepts from any automaker in the past few years. Powered by turbines and shaped like sex, the ambitious project was mothballed for being too expensive. But a new all-aluminum concept, called the C-X17, has a much better chance of making it to production.
Few details have been revealed of the Jaguar C-X17 Concept, which is most likely powered by either a diesel, hybrid, or V6-derived powertrain, but don’t expect Jaguar to bring turbines back anytime soon. The crossover concept does borrow design cues from the Jaguar F-Type (note: the tail lights), and is supposed to be one of two new concepts from the Indian-owned British automaker (the other being a BMW 3-series rival.
But the centerpiece of the C-X17 Concept is the all-new vehicle structure, as well as its all-aluminum construction. The new architecture has been built with the intention of expanding Jaguar’s range of vehicles, specifically into the profitable luxury SUV segment that Porsche and Mercedes have pretty much dominated.
The aluminum architecture is designed to significantly decrease curb weight in a bid to go faster and use less fuel, Jaguar has been toying with all sorts of advanced technologies and building techniques in a bid to set itself apart. A 1.6 liter turbo engine poised to make 550 horsepower is just one of the many ideas the British automaker has, and Jaguar executives have even gone so far as suggesting their days of using big V8 engines are numbered.
We still have a week or so to wait before we see this new Jaguar C-X17 Concept in its full-bodied glory. Here’s hoping for a badass performance hybrid drivetrain.