Jaguar C-X16

Apr 9, 2012

The Jaguar C-X16 concept is a bold statement of Jaguar’s future design and technological intent.

The C-X16 takes the traditional front-engine, rear-wheel drive formula that Jaguar defined over the decades and reinvents it for the 21st century in a performance-oriented hybrid drivetrain with 50/50 weight distribution, according to a press release.

The system is based around a prototype supercharged all-alloy V-6 that produces 375 hp and 332 foot-pounds of torque from a 3.0-liter V-6. Supplementing it is an electric motor producing up to 94 hp and 173 foot-pounds of torque, available to the driver at the push of a steering wheel boost button.

Allied to an eight-speed gearbox and mounted in a lightweight aluminum chassis allows the C-X16 to sprint to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.

By stretching the aluminum bodywork main feature lines back from the focal point formed by the grille and pushing the wheels as far into the corners as possible, the car has a taut, poised-for-action stance that is unmistakably Jaguar, the release noted.

The interior showcases future technologies such as multimodal rotary controls that incorporate miniature OLED screens, which reconfigure to reflect the different functions that can be performed via the controls, all of which are designed for maximum compatibility between sports car needs and everyday usability.

An example is the full smartphone integration via the “Connect and View” system by which the central touchscreen reconfigures to mimic the screen of a connected device. The central screen also features a second-generation interface with fingertip touch supplemented by buttons that provide shortcuts to top-level menu functions.

Premium materials are used throughout, with the main touch surfaces composed of a combination of anodized aluminum, rich piano blacks, dark chrome, and carbon fiber that underline the car’s performance potential. The manually-adjustable bucket seats are made of lightweight composite materials with a central carbon-fiber spine for rigidity and support.