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Car Review: The Jaguar C-X17 stretches the design possibilities of the segment with a five-seater format

Friday, 3 January 2014 - 8:25am IST | Agency: DNA

The Jaguar C-X17 combines the character and driving experience of a sports car with increased presence, style and flexibility. A five-seater sports crossover concept built on the aluminium-intensive architecture, the C-X17 blends sleek lines, sporting performance and sophistication with enhanced practicality. Having made its debut at Auto Guangzhou 2013, the C-X17 is every inch a Jaguar. The revised C-X17, developed for China, has a luxurious, spacious and innovative cabin featuring bespoke, high-quality, traditionally British-inspired interior finishes and materials. The seats are lightweight units with a sculpted free-standing appearance, visually enhancing the airiness of the cabin.

The sense of openness inside the cabin is heightened by the C-X17’s unique panoramic roof, constructed from a series of sculpted vanes running from front to rear, closely arranged in parallel and integrated into the header and cant rails. They are contoured on the lower side to generate extra headroom, and shaped to create a ring of space that enables a whole-roof view of the sky above, giving the occupants a sense of openness. The topside of the vanes follows the smooth profile of the glass roof, maintaining the sleek exterior lines of the C-X17.

Interior finish
The C-X17’s interior door finish is a waxed Clay Walnut wood veneer. For the interior metal finishes, ruthenium is used instead of bright work, creating a darker, more tonal effect that suits the subtle, premium feel of the cabin, and the top surface panels of the interactive surface console are laser-etched with a brogue-inspired pattern.

Unique features
The C-X17 has an interactive surface console that runs the length of the car’s centre tunnel. Made up of a series of interconnecting touch screens encased in transparent acrylic glass, it connects those in the rear cabin with the driver and front seat passengers via a secure in-car Wi-Fi network. It allows the vehicle occupants to upload pictures, video and sound files from their mobile devices and share them with fellow passengers, as well as on social media channels. It features rear exit detection, which uses sensors to warn exiting passengers of quickly-approaching hazards, such as cyclists and mopeds. The instrument panel has a twin-dial configurable TFT console with provision for a head up display – a system which projects vital information onto the windscreen for the driver to process quickly, akin to the systems used in modern fighter aircraft.

The profile
The C-X17’s low profile and large wheels give it a powerful, planted stance. The long bonnet’s twin ‘power bulges’ and prominent grille impart a muscular look. The headlamps hint at the C-X17’s sedan siblings while the grille is inspired by the XJ, resulting in a distinctive family look that is reassuringly familiar yet uniquely appealing.

The C-X17’s twin ‘heartlines’ are clearly visible when viewed in profile. The accentuated length of the windows adds to the vehicle’s overall sense of sleekness.

The rear of the vehicle has a distinctive touch of sports car about it, with the haunch, taillights and detailing all bringing to mind the Jaguar F-Type.

The roofline swoops quickly rearwards, culminating in a distinctive cantilevered spoiler over a steeply raked rear window that clearly enhances the crossover’s sporting, ‘fast-even-at-standstill’ appearance.

The first Jaguar to be delivered from the new architecture will be a new mid-size (C/D) segment premium sedan, which will be rolled-out globally from 2015.

VITAL STATISTICS
Ground clearance
213 mm

Height
1649 mm

Width
1959 mm

Length
4718 mm

Wheelbase
2905 mm

Wheel size

23 inches


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