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Jaguar announces new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture; C-X17 concept

The C-X17 concept is the first revealed implementation of the new iQ[Al] architecture. Click to enlarge.

Along with the unveiling of its C-X17 concept car on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Jaguar announced a new advanced aluminium monocoque architecture. The C-X17 concept sports crossover is a study to demonstrate the capabilities of this new architecture.

Codenamed iQ[Al], the architecture will form the basis for a new range of future Jaguars, the company said; the first product will be a mid-size premium C/D segment sedan on sale in 2015. This will be the first aluminium monocoque product in the segment. Using the new architecture, Jaguar expects to deliver vehicles with class-leading performance, including top speeds of more than 300 km/h (186 mph), and emissions lower than 100g of CO2 per km.

When we define an architecture, what we mean is, is a set of concepts, rules and ultimately physical parts that define the set of systems that we build a vehicle from.

—Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director

The aluminium-intensive architecture will be modular and scalable, providing a high degree of flexibility and making it possible to produce a wider bandwidth of models and derivatives than ever before. It is lightweight, extremely stiff and incorporates technologies that emphasize Jaguar’s commitment to sustainability, such as a new high-strength alloy made from almost 100% recycled raw material.

C-X17 concept. Click to enlarge.

The architecture is being carefully developed to fully incorporate all the vehicle attributes established by Jaguar engineers. Jaguar design and engineering teams collaborated closely on its development from the outset to ensure versatility of design combined with fully competitive interior packaging.

The flexibility of the new architecture will enable the manufacture of different products on the same production line at the same time. The production process will allow rapid response to variations in market demand for individual models by balancing production volume accordingly.

The new sedan will be the first vehicle to be equipped with all-new four-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines, allowing Jaguar to break the 100g CO2/km barrier for the first time. These advanced, high-output engines will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new engine production facility, currently under construction in Wolverhampton in the UK as part of a £500-million (US$660-million) investment, which will be operational from 2015.

These vehicles are also designed to be powered by the powerful V6 gasoline engine seen in the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car, which, combined with the lightweight architecture, will bestow them with best-in-class specific power output as in the F-TYPE.

The C-X17 sports crossover represents an exciting new direction for Jaguar. Its purpose is to highlight our all-new aluminium architecture. With this technical foundation, we will dramatically expand Jaguar’s product offering, market potential and customer appeal. This new philosophy will bring technology from our luxury products into an accessible price segment, and when combined with our new ultra-efficient engines, we will set a global standard.

—Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar



Way to go Jag. Many current HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs could benefit from reduced weight frames, bodies, motors, batteries and ancillaries.

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