Jaguar celebrated 75 years of history with the unveiling of the C-X75 concept at the Paris Auto Show. Besides being a range-extended electric two-seated supercar, the C-X75 previews the company’s future design language, and we are really hoping that it is a preview version of the Jaguar’s long rumored supercar.
"The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by."
The new car tips the scales at around 2,970-pounds and is able to hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That seems awfully fast for a vehicle with only two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Stomp the pedal to the floor and you can hit 205 miles per hour.
The C-X75 can travel up to 68 miles on its battery pack alone, but once the turbines kick in the car can continue traveling for 560 miles. Chevrolet Volt, eat your heart out.
Updated 11/17/2010: The Jaguar C-X75 concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and what better way to mark this occasion than to have Jay Leno review it? Watch the video and see what he has to say about the concept.
Hit the jump to see the full story, the press release - which is rather long - and the video.
We already know that Jaguar has plans to unveil a new sports car, but before we can feast our eyes on the final product, we will have to settle for the concept version coming to us in September at the Paris Motor Show. The concept will not only be previewing the company’s future design language, but they will also be celebrating the brand’s 75th anniversary....again.
For this particular concept, Jaguar took its inspiration from the success that the Porsche 918 Spyder had at the Geneva Motor Show.
The concept will bring a big change for Jaguar’s previous design language of the oval, E-type-inspired grille that has identified Jaguar’s sports cars. Instead, Jaguar will be offering a single grille design for both sedan and sports cars. This will be the design language that will be used in the next XK.
And, as the trends rear their environmental heads, the Jaguar sports car concept will feature a hybrid drive-train consisting of a V6 petrol combined with an electric engine and the ZF’s new eight-speed auto transmission.
At Pebble Beach, Jaguar unveiled the XJ75 Platinum, a concept that is said to preview the R version of the XJ luxury sedan. That you knew already, but today we are going to talk about an important feature offered with the concept: a bespoke mechanical clock created by British watch brand Bremont. Coincidentally, this is the first time the company creates a clock for a car, but when Jaguar asks, people tend to do what they want.
Bremont’s co-founder Giles English said: "Jaguar is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury cars and a great British brand. We are very proud to have been asked to make this clock for their XJ75 car and were keen to make something different for Jaguar. As such rather than a quartz clock we have created a beautiful mechanical clock that also has a chronograph function."
The clock is distinguished by a black and white color theme that flows well with the
Satin Matte Pearlescent White exterior color and dark chrome or gloss black exterior chrome elements.
Giles Taylor, Jaguar chief designer for the car said:"“Our design teams talk a similar language when it comes to clean cut form with a sharp, sporting edge. The XJ75 Bremont clock design has superb functional clarity in its detailing and this is combined with a beautifully crafted outer metal bezel that suggests strength and longevity."
Jaguar will continue its 75 anniversary with the unveiling of the XJ75 Platinum Concept today at the Pebble Beach Concours. The concept is based on the XJ luxury sedan and "is the company’s first demonstration of the design customization potential."
The XJ75 Platinum Concept is defined by a white and black contrast theme, new ground-hugging front, rear and side sills, exterior chrome elements painted in either a dark chrome or gloss black and 22" black wheels. The concept is painted in Satin Matte Pearlescent White.
On the interior it gets a bespoke clock developed and designed in partnership with the Bremont Watch Company. "On the inside, we played up the XJ’s combination of high-end materials and British flair to really have some fun. The XJ75 Platinum Concept is a design exercise that shows our vision of customization as an inspiration for those enthusiasts who have a taste for strong individuality and visual confidence in their luxury automobiles."
Press release after the jump.
There have been quite a few rumors flying around saying that the English automobile builder Jaguar will be unveiling a new concept vehicle at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Now the chaps from Coventry are fresh off of debuting the next generation XJ luxury limousine stateside in Miami and it has already been confirmed that the new Jaguar XE’s official debut will take place one year later in Geneva. The special occasion being that 2011 is the E-Type’s 50th anniversary. So the question remains, what will Jaguar be presenting at the show?
Our best guess is that with the ever growing high luxury sports car segment with more and more four door GT cars, we might be in for a Porsche Panamera rival. With more of an emphasis on efficiency from both lawmakers and consumers Jaguar will be offering some more fun from their lineup of V6 engines by offering the six piston pumper in both naturally aspirated and supercharged variants. We know that the soon to be 2011 XE will be offered with the new V6 engine, but is will also feature a hybrid drivetrain, so perhaps what we are waiting for is an XE inspired four passenger Grand Touring sedan that will serve as a showcase for a very green blown V6 gas/electric dream machine, much like Infiniti’s Essence did last year in Geneva.
Jaguar will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the hybrid version of the new XJ luxury sedan. The new XJ Limo-Green hybrid will compete with the hybrid versions of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series.
The concept was developed in cooperation to the British government, Lotus and Caparo. It is powered by a 195 hp and 295 lbs-ftof torque electric motor combined to a 1.2-liter gasoline engine developed by Lotus. On a single charge the Limo-Green can travel up to 30 miles.
According to Anthony Harper, head of research at Jaguar Land Rover: "The technology is still in its infancy and there is still a lot of work to do before we can even think of production. The components aren’t at the right cost or quality yet you would expect of a Jaguar product, but the technology is there."
Production version will follow in 2011.
Jaguar will unveil the XF-C Coupe Concept at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show on April 20. The XF-c Coupe is a preview of the coupe version of the 2009 XF sedan.
Based on the new XF sedan, the XF-C is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that develops more than 500 Hp.
Stay tuned, more details will follow!
Update: Actually Not. Just another joke on April Fools’ Day.
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