OFFICIAL PHOTOS: Jaguar C-X16 concept previews the 2013/2014 Jaguar XE

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What we’re looking at here is the all-new Jaguar C-X16 concept, which has been revealed early by Jaguar and is scheduled to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13th of this year.


This new concept is not a preview of the next generation of the XK coupe. Rather, this is an all-new 2-seat sports car concept designed to preview what Jaguar has in store as a competitor against the Porsche Cayman and Porsche 911. Are you the new Jaguar XE??? Maybe, but whatever they call it, it’s certainly an attractive concept.


The new small Jaguar concept is indeed exotic looking – possibly the most exotic-looking car in Jaguar’s portfolio. Dare I say, this almost looks too expensive to be a Jaguar, considering the price range they work in. It certainly looks the part of a brand new sports car concept.


One of the more interesting features is the side-opening rear hatch. It’s questionable if this will make it to production, but if it does, it will certainly separate the C-X16 from the competition just by that alone. The trunkless design gives the car a very clean look, and while it might compromise storage space and ability to stick golf bags into the trunk, this car isn’t designed to carry cargo.


The C-X16 contains a supercharged 3.0 liter V6 good for 376 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, combined with an electric motor that’s good for 92 extra hp and 176 exta lb-ft of torque. Jaguar claims that the whole setup is good for a 4.3 second 0-60 time and a 186 mph top speed, but considering the insane torque of that setup, that almost sounds conservative to me. The electric motor will be controlled with a steering wheel button that provides KERS-style temporary boosts of acceleration, but the Jaguar C-X16 will also be able to drive up to 50 miles on electric power alone.


The Jaguar C-X16 is 175 inches long, 80.6 inches wide, 51 inches tall and has a wheelbase measuring 103.2 inches. It’s a small, low, wide car. If you want to see this car, head to hall five of the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13.



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