New Jaguar C-X17 SUV revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, might be on sale by 2016 [Photo Gallery]

September 10, 2013 - The new Jaguar C-X17 4x4 concept has been officially presented to the press at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Although the C-X17 is officially just a design concept, prototypes have been spotted on the road, suggesting a 2016 launch – hot on the heels of the saloon – is likely.

Jaguar design director Ian Callum also hinted at how close to production the C-X17 is, saying: “We were caught out with the C-XF concept and underdelivered; we now need to show things we know we can deliver.”

The C-X17 is 4,718mm long, 1,959mm wide and 1,649mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,905mm.

Design cues from Jag’s road car range are everywhere. The front end, with its large single-frame grille and slim headlights, is a take on the current XJ’s face, while the two oversize nostrils, lit by diffused LEDs, add aggression.

The F-Type’s influence is visible in the pronounced rear haunches and the horizontal tail-lights, while twin exhausts, a roof spoiler and 23-inch alloys all confirm the SUV’s sporty intentions.

The interior is just as focused, with four individual bucket seats – each embossed with a laser-cut dogtooth pattern. Two extra ‘leisure’ seats pop up from the boot floor; these are useful for perching on when you’re parked up.

A minimalist dashboard houses a central screen and a touch-sensitive control panel, while the centre console, itself one large touchscreen, stretches back to the rear passengers. This is called the Interactive Surface Console, and allows passengers to operate the infotainment and surf the Internet.

A new sound system, designed by JLR’s audio partner Meridian, incorporates all speakers into the A and B-pillars, freeing up room and bringing the sound source to head height.

So who is the target customer for a Jaguar SUV?  “There is an entire generation of 15 to 25-year-olds that doesn’t care about sports cars or saloons,” said Callum. “They aspire to own an SUV – especially in China.

This is going to be a driver’s car; a proper Jag. If it appeals to school run mums, too, fine.”

The C-X17 has a rear-biased intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, although rear-wheel drive is also possible with iQ[Al]. Sophisticated all-aluminium suspension should ensure tidy handling, boosted by torque vectoring, which brakes the inside wheel.