Jaguar C-X17 Concept to Spawn New Lightweight Mid-Size Sedan

Jaguar C-X17 Concept to Spawn New Lightweight Mid-Size Sedan

It may look like a crossover, but the Jaguar C-X17 Concept is actually a sedan.

Don’t rub your eyes. To clarify, the C-X17 concept will become a sedan.

Set to hit the market in 2016, Jaguar confirmed as much at the car’s debut on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Believed to bear the name XS, it will be the first model based of the brand’s new adaptable aluminum architecture, which, consequently, could also be used to build a crossover. It will be a mid-size offering in the luxury market and will slot in below the current XF model in terms of size. As a result, it should give Jaguar the ability to compete with a variety of models, from the BMW 3 Series to the Mercedes E-Class.

With stunning design of little doubt, Jaguar is boasting impressive performance for its new sedan. A key reason is that aluminum chassis, which Jaguar says will weigh roughly 220 lbs less than a conventional competitor.

Jaguar was one of the very first automakers to offer an aluminum chassis in the full-size luxury segment with the XJ and now it intends to be the first to bring the weight-savings to the mid-size segment.

While Jaguar has yet to confirm as much, look for a a crossover model named the XQ or Q-Type to go on sale shortly after the sedan arrives.

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