Don’t let the Range Rover Evoque body hidden under wraps fool you folks, what you’re looking at is a prototype of the production model based on the C-X17 concept unveiled last year.

Scheduled to make its official debut in the second half of 2015, the C-X17 will become the first ever crossover SUV to sport a Jaguar badge and ride on the company’s upcoming modular platform that will also underpin the XE sedan and probably the Land Rover Discovery.

Being disguised as an Evoque, the mule doesn’t offer too many details for us to ogle at, especially at the front and around the back, but we can clearly see the vehicle is longer than the aforementioned Range Rover model. The rear bumper is another detail that suggest we’re looking at more than just a longer Evoque, as are the wider fenders and the rear windshield.

There’s no official info as to what kind of engines will be motivating the SUV, but we do know that Jaguar’s new range of four-cylinder units will make their way under the hood. Both gasoline and diesel options are on the table, with the range-topping gas model likely to get a couple of turbochargers attached to it for Porsche Macan-like performance.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see the manufacturer launch the new SUV in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar C-X17.

Why It Matters

With Nurburgring testing starting so early — we’re at least one year away from the SUV’s launch — Jaguar appears to be elbows deep in developing a vehicle that’s not only a ticket into a new market, but one that will give its German rivals a run for their money as well.

Spy Shots

Spy Shots: Jaguar C-X17 Caught Testing Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Jaguar C-X17 Caught Testing Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Jaguar C-X17 Caught Testing Exterior Spyshots
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TopSpeed Rendering

2016 Jaguar XQ-type Exclusive Renderings
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Jaguar C-X17 Concept

2014 Jaguar C-X17 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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2014 Jaguar C-X17 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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2014 Jaguar C-X17 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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