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First look: Jaguar's stunning C-X17 in SA

2014-02-13 11:27

JAG’S SUV IN GEORGE: Jaguar SA’s Lisa Mallett at the SA showing of the automaker’s C-X17. Image: LES STEPHENSON

Jaguar's C-X17 concept will be the forerunner of a whole new range of vehicle's from the luxury automaker. Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON is in George for the SA reveal of the C-X17 SUV concept.

Jaguar’s first sports crossover concept vehicle – the C-X17 – made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. In February 2014, Wheels24 editor LES STEPHENSON is in George for the SA reveal of the C-X17 SUV concept.

With its 213mm ground clearance and 4x4 drive the C-X17, Jaguar says, can handle poor roads foul weather, the 4x4 continuously monitoring tyre grip levels and the driver's actions to distribute torque to various wheels.

'SEDUCTIVE DESIGN'

Jaguar SA product and pricing manager Lisa Mallett said: "The C-X17 is the first view of this concept that uses Jaguar's new aluminium architecture - pretty much throughout the whole car.

"It's a dynamic SUV with Jaguar's DNA - the most talked-about car at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. The car showcases Jaguar's potential. It's different but every inch a Jaguar. It's unlike any other ever seen - seductive design and intelligent performance."

The C-X17 has been created as a design study to introduce Jaguar’s all-new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ[Al], on which a range of future Jaguars will be built. This philosophy, the automaker says, underpins the entire innovative future of the Jaguar brand.

The C-X17 will head into production in 2016.

Stay with Wheels24 for our full report on Jaguar's SUV concept on Friday (Feb 14).

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