Jaguar SUV image leaked

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Jaguar SUV image leaked

An image purported to show the forthcoming Jaguar SUV has been leaked online prior to the car's official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show next week.

Called C-X17, the vehicle is officially a concept car, though as with previous Jaguar 'design studies', it is likely to be largely representational of what a customer version will look like.

The studio shot, detailing the C-X17's front-end styling, shows the car is similarly styled to the XF saloon, with the narrow headlights and large grille.

Given the increased height of the vehicle, the front bumper and its integrated air intakes have been enlarged and lend a subtly menacing air.

A production version is likely to be offered with a six-cylinder diesel and a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 petrol in performance oriented models.

The C-X17 showcases Jaguar's new modular aluminium construction. This architecture, which will underpin future models, has yet to be named.

It's flexible design allows its use in vehicles between 4.5 and 5 metres long, meaning the next-generation XF, as well a much anticipated smaller saloon – designed to rival the class-dominating BMW 3 Series – are likely to use it.

The new aluminium structure is important for Jaguar, which wants to be seen as synonymous with its use. Despite the fact that the company used the material to great effect in its flagship XJ saloon, it has failed to build on that initiative and become the leading manufacturer in the field.

With rival German manufacturers increasingly turning to the lightweight material to improve performance and efficiency, Jaguar cannot afford to rest on its laurels, particularly as Audi has already announced the launch of a steel/aluminium structure next year.