Jaguar's new C-X17 SUV caught testing

23 Mar, 2014 10:00am Jack Rix

Jaguar's new SUV was previewed by the C-X17 concept car and now we've seen it out testing

We've already sneaked our first head-on glimpse of the Jaguar XE small saloon but Jaguar has another new model up its sleeve. The XE saloon's compact SUV spin-off, based on the C-X17 concept, is on its way.  

Our spies caught a prototype on test under a stretched Range Rover Evoque body, and the nose matches that of the C-X17 concept seen at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The SUV is expected to hit dealers in 2016 – six months after the XE. 

The SUV sits on the same iQ[Al] all-aluminium platform as the XE, and will take on the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 in the compact premium SUV market.

We checked the plates, and the car spied was registered in early February as a black Jag with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. We’re told the iQ[Al] architecture has been designed to take anything up to a V8, but the big sellers will be 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel turbos from a new ‘Ingenium’ engine family. 

Click here to find out more about the new Jaguar XE and the Jaguar C-X17 concept.