Jaguar C-X17 4x4 release date and price

15 Jan, 2014 2:30pm Luke Madden

New Jaguar C-X17 SUV has 2016 release date and a price of around £30,000

The new Jaguar C-X17 4x4 concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and has more recently taken centre stage at the 2014 Brussels Motor Show. Jaguar has also treated us to more images of the C-X17 in a new colour - Italian Racing Red.

We expect a 2016 release date for the production version of the new Jaguar C-X17 and a price starting around £30,000.

Jaguar C-X17 position in JLR range

The Jaguar C-X17 4x4 is a rival to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, with bold looks and powerful engines.  Sister company Land Rover has, of course, a longer heritage and greater brand awareness as a maker of 4x4 cars than Jaguar, so where will the new C-X17 fit in the JLR range?

New Range Rover: Aimed at buyers wanting the ultimate rugged luxury car, whatever the price.
Range Rover dimensions: Length: 4,999mm, width 2,073mm, height 1,835mm.
Price: £71,310

Range Rover Sport: Aimed at those who demand luxury, off-road ability and a sportier drive.
Range Rover Sport dimensions: Length: 4,850mm, width 2,073mm, height 1,780mm.
Price: £51,550

Jaguar C-X17: Aimed at younger buyers who focus on style and sportiness above all.
Jaguar C-X17 dimensions: Length: 4,718mm, width 1,959mm, height 1,649mm.
Price: £35,000 (est)

Range Rover Evoque: Aimed at drivers with a smaller budget but wanting a Range Rover badge.
Range Rover Evoque dimensions: 4,355mm, width 1,965mm, height 1,635mm.
Price: £29,200

Bookmark this page as we will be updating it regularly wit the latest news on the Jaguar C-X17.

Jaguar C-X17: full details

Auto Express can reveal that the C-X17 introduces a brand new scalable aluminium architecture – known as iQ[AI] – that will underpin Jaguar's crucial BMW 3 Series rival, on sale in 2015.

A production version of the SUV will follow, and both cars are key to increasing the brand’s sales volumes and helping it compete on the global stage. 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 (30mm longer than Jag’s new 3 Series rival). So it’s targeting the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, even though it’s slightly longer, wider and lower.

And it’s not hard to see why Jaguar has chosen to take aim at these cars – this is the largest and fastest-growing market sector for premium SUVs.

We got access to the concept prior to its Frankfurt show debut, and the striking dimensions have to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated. If Land Rover is worried its sister brand’s 4x4 will step on its toes, it needn’t be – the emphasis is on style, not utility.

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.”

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This concept signals the start of a run of good news for the UK car industry. From 2015, the new 3 Series rival – the first car in its class to feature an aluminium monocoque chassis – will be built at a new site in Solihull, W Mids, creating jobs directly and via the supply chain.

Jaguar’s small saloon, the SUV and a selection of Land Rovers will also benefit from a range of new four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines. These engines will be built at a new plant in Wolverhampton, which is under construction at a cost of £355million, and will be operational by 2015 to coincide with the launch of the new four-door.

Among the cars based on the new iQ[Al] architecture, Jaguar intends to offer super-efficient diesel models emitting less than 100g/km of CO2, as well as high-performance versions (capable of up to 186mph) using the F-Type’s supercharged petrol V6 (the same engine in this concept).

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.

So why has Jaguar decided to launch an SUV now? “The tipping point came when we were doing the XF,” Callum revealed. “I’ve always resisted this type of car [SUV], but we sent a research team around the world, and it found this is what the world wants.”

Frankfurt Motor Show

Jaguar has been building up to the launch of the C-X17 concept for sometime now. There has been years of speculation that the firm was working on an SUV. It then released a teaser image at the start of September and the first full official pictures earlier this week.

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Ugly must try again looks like that poor effort by that company from Crew

Looks good to me. Jaguar's recent design language has been somewhat truck-like, so the design is a natural fit.


I like the leaked picture of the Jaguar 4x4 Concept

I still don't understand the rationale of a Jaguar SUV. Why not leave the SUVs to Land Rover and focus on bringing out a saloon / hatchback smaller than XF?

Hope they have done their research? And there's a market for this. However Porsche Cayenne met with similar initial response. Today it outsells the 911.

Why does JLR keep competing with itself? Bizarre.

It's a different market. LR and RR are proper off road capable vehicles and stand a tier above all these soft-roaders like the X5, Cayenne and the M class, XC90 etc.

Have they just re-badged a Mazda CX-5? Hideous crap.

I thought this article is about a Jaguar SUV rather than a Lexus.....

Does Jaguar have the money to bring to market a cutting edge, modern SUV on a par with the VW Group Toureg-Cayenne twins and the next-gen X5? If so, start by laying to rest that odd twist and turn shifter to rest, redefining grace, pace, and space while achieving break-through fuel economy, and being more than just the quirky Brit alternative.

Give us a game-changer and justify your existence or just stick to your knitting, especially this late in the game.

I like it. I think this would be popular and it doesn't look as bling as some of the others on the market.

It's not competing with itself. This is a soft roarer to compete with BMW, Mercedes, VW etc. Not a proper off road vehicle like a RR or LR.

You mean Crewe.

jetsetjoe A bit to simplistic in your critic As to hideous, not sure your right on that one wait till you see it live on the road . it will knock the socks off V W,s/Audi,s boring duet. Plus it will make the Cayenne seem what it has always been dire to look at. Its interior if it the one to be launched is a master stroke

Stunning! Not often an SUV and stunning are mentioned in the same breath but here they are

I like the Jaguar C-X17 Concept that has been revealed

Dead sexy!!! Finally a mans funky SUV...nice work Jag staffers...3yrs to save ;)

And so are you Sir

The usual stupid comments from AsunE readers who obviously dont have the ability to read and can only look at pictures. Yes, Jaguar do appear to have done their research - read the second last paragraph - Research says this is what the world wants. Yes it will have technology compared to other manufacturers - Read the third paragraph, it is based on all new scaleable Aluminium Architecture (no rival has that).

I though it looked very Mazda too. I quite like the look but the front end could have Mazda's lawyers on the phone.

BTW, if the inside of the production version looks anything like these pictures I'll eat my trousers.

Why do car makers do this? Do they really want everyone's first response to their new models to be disappointment?

What? Does Jaguar-Land Rover have the ability to bring to market a cutting edge, modern SUV on a par with the VW Group.

What, you mean like the Evoke, RR Sport or new Range Rover.

Did you realise that Jaguar and Land Rover are the same company. It's just a new body for them.

It will tread very close to the Evoque's toes though...

Well said paulc, as you said some people can only judge by pictures. This is ground breaking stuff from Jaguar and knocks the competition into the backwaters .of SUV,s design .

This car may well look good 'in the flesh' but nothing could look good in that awful colour.
Not so long ago Black was the new white then silver was the new black now it appears that ugly is the new beautiful , is it just me or are manufacturers deliberately making some of the model line up ugly just to stand out from the rest of the crowd!

Most of the negative comments on any vehicle like this are made by people who will never be able to afford a new one. They will just have to wait ten years for used examples to drop into their budget range.

Meanwhile this car is going to be a great hit in its target market. The frustrated, opinionated dogs may bark, but Jaguar's march moves sweetly and smoothly on unperturbed.

What ever happened to the word "Style".

All a matter of opinion isn't it. In my opinion I think this looks great next to the rather uninspiring Q5 and seriously ugly X3 and don't get me started on the boring boxes VW put together. Plus the blue looks good, makes it really stand out!

Somehow i don't think we will ever agree about the colour but i will reserve proper judgement until i see one on the road, but does the world really need another suv.

Evoque is 4cyl only and on a FWD platform, this is at least a model size up RWD platform (that article sttes will be used for new XF and 3 series rival) and likely have 4/6 and possibly 8 cyl engines.

BMW Merc and VAG all have models that compete directly or indirecly or even directly ( Toureg, Q7 and Cayenne are all SUV in this class) so why cant JLR do it?

Jaguar have always made stylish good looking cars - until this one. It is ugly.

Its Nice in red.

jag will have to get real clever if it wants to make a impact with its SUV... Hopefully the new alloy chassis, new engines and the collaboration with intel will work...

...with a tiny boot standard?... For 30K?? it looks menacing with plenty of intel
I have only one problem I cant afford it....just maybe?????

Have to agree with Beestie, my thoughts were this is along the lines of the Cayenne ie a larger version of a luxury car. It may be because I see the Land Rover as more of a functional vehicle above all else.

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