Jaguar has unveiled the C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept at the Frankfurt motor show today.

The company was at pains to point out that the C-X17 is very much a concept, stating that the goal of the C-X17 is to illustrate the flexibility of its new aluminium architecture, dubbed iQ[Al].

The first use of this new architecture will be a new C/D-segment saloon to be rolled out globally starting in 2015.  It will be built at a new facility to be constructed in Solihull.

The new models will feature high-output petrol and diesel engines, built in the UK at a new £500 million facility in Wolverhampton, as well as re-using the V6 petrol engine from the F-Type.

The company expects to be able to produce a range of vehicles with “exhilarating performance” and top speeds of over 186mph, as well as CO2 emissions below 100 g/km.

The C-X17 is 4,718mm long and 1,649mm tall, but with strong haunches and a low stance, with wheel-arches filled by 23-inch alloy wheels.

At the front, LED headlights, J-shaped running lights and frosted glass fog-lights set into aggressive air intakes are coupled with the traditional Jaguar grille.

The concept is finished in Caesium Blue paintwork, with gloss black trim surrounding the windows.

The interior features four individual bucket seats, heavily sculpted to suggest light weight, with two additional ‘leisure’ seats that swing out from the boot floor for use when the car is parked.

Materials are typical Jaguar: Connolly leather to most tactile surfaces, plus Ruthenium, milled aluminium and anodised metal finishes as highlights.

The transmission tunnel that runs the full length of the car incorporates a new ‘Interactive Surface Console’ – a series of touch-screens mounted under a panel of acrylic glass which provide access to the car’s infotainment systems and in-car wifi.  The audio system is by British specialist firm Meridian, and uses 12 speakers secreted away within the interior.

The C-X17 is said to be a driver’s car, with a low centre of gravity and a high level of agility.  Torque Vectoring by Braking, which can apply individual wheel brakes to redistribute torque to reduce understeer, is a key feature.

However, the C-X17 has been designed with all-weather ability in mind, too, with 213mm of ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system that can react quickly to changing conditions.