THE adventure potential of the new Jaguar C-X17 is looking good – it has 213mm of ground clearance and an intelligent all-wheel drive system.
It even has a head up display projected in the windscreen just like a fighter jet.
While sales of Land Rover’s Evoque have been booming, the C-X17 is kinda similar, but will be Jaguar’s offering in the crossover market.
The C-X17’s sporty looks, drawn from the firm’s new F-Type, might be just what outdoor adventurers are looking for to take them quickly on motorways for weekends away.
The best ‘adventure’ feature are two leisure seats which are in the floor of the boot and can be swung out to sit on – think tea stop and star gazing. The seats are made from milled aluminium and finished in leather and they swing out on a beautifully engineered hinge. It means we can park up, picnic in style and enjoy the views of wherever we’ve driven to.
These seats slide out of the boot.
The rest of the boot has been designed with active lifestyles in mind too as there are compartments to store a camera and a torch and other kit. While its Land rover which is renowned for its four wheel drive, the C-X17 will offer us an Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. It’s intelligent because in normal driving when the conditions are good, only the rear wheels give the drive. But the system is set up to pre-empt and react to skids or loss of grip and will kick into all-wheel drive to make sure we retain grip.
Inside, all your passengers get buckets seats and a lovely panoramic roof to stare out. There’s also a secure in-car wi-fi . But the best bit is a continuous panel of transparent acrylic glass with touchscreens underneath it – likely to be one of the best infotainment systems we’ve ever seen on a car. Called the Interactive Surface Console, it lets you upload pictures, video and sound files from your mobile devices and share them with passengers or on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels. So we can go on an adventure, then share the pics and videos as we’re on our way home.
The driver gets a twin-dial configurable TFT console with provision for a Head Up Display and the gearshift has a rotary dial, finished in ruthenium, which rises on activation and serves as the interface to toggle between driving modes of Road, Sport and All-Road. We can’t wait to try these out.
Icons at the bottom show rain/snowdrops. Everything is touch-screen controlled too.