Previews the brand's new architecture.
We've been hearing rumors about a potential Jaguar SUV for years now and last week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the British luxury brand finally released a concept version of its first ever sports crossover vehicle - the Jaguar C-X17.
The concept will inevitably enter production and will be built on Jaguar's all-new advanced aluminum monocoque architecture, codenamed iQ, on which an exciting range of future Jaguars will also be built. The move is being made for engineering reasons which range from high-strength, lighter weight and efficiency.
"The sports crossover concept represents the potential expansion of Jaguar's portfolio of body styles, with the associated enhancement of the brand's relevance and appeal to a wider global audience," Jaguar said in a statement.
Jaguar also confirmed that future engine choices will consists of a wide range of capacities and outputs including all-new 4-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines, which will be built in a new facility currently under construction in Wolverhampton, UK.
When will the Jaguar C-X17 enter production? We're estimating sometime in 2015.
The latest edition of Mercedes's biggest coupe will get a new name.
One of the most important debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last week was the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept, a model that hints at the replacement to the CL-Class and the continuation of Mercedes' S-Class lineup.
"The new S-Class Saloon was received enthusiastically in the market and perfectly lives up to its role as a representative of the power of innovation of Mercedes-Benz," says Dr Joachim Schmidt, Member of the Management Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales & Marketing. "On the S-Class Coupe as the traditional top of our product range the designers take advantage of their additional freedom and thus create an automotive masterpiece."
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe carries a flowing and sloping roofline that gives it a sportier look and feel. While much of the front end has been left to resemble the sedan, the rear-end is a much different story and a strong departure from Mercedes-Benz's current rear-end design theme.
Power for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept comes from a twin-turbo V8 making 455-hp. When the model goes on sale next year, it will compete with the likes of the BMW 6 Series and the Maserati GranTurismo.
The production version of the concept is expected to hit markets next year and will carry much of the same innovative technologies found in the current S-Class Sedan.
Small luxury SUVs are all the rage.
In 1998, Lexus came to the market with the RX, pioneering the premium crossover segment resulting in massive success for the Toyota owned luxury brand. Since then Lexus hasn't done much shuffling to its sport utility lineup. Well, the brand is now finally hinting at a competitor for the compact crossover segment with the new Lexus LF-NX Concept, which made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last week.
The Lexus LF-NX measures 4,640 mm long with a 2,700 mm wheelbase length. It focuses on competing with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Looks wise, the Lexus LF-NX is very extreme and aggressive looking a nice departure from Lexus' mainstream safe design tactics.
The concept is hypothetically powered by a hybrid powertrain system composed of a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine and Toyota's Atkinson electric-motor. Lexus says that the powertrain delivers strong power while "returning outstanding fuel consumption and class-leading CO2 emissions."
It's almost inevitable that the Lexus LF-NX will be produced - however, the automaker has not confirmed a time line as of yet.