Any mention of a sporty two-seater from Jaguar will instantly invoke memories of the iconic E-Type, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011, but the new model is not a successor to the car once labelled the most beautiful in the world by Enzo Ferrari.
Instead it follows the sleek lines of more modern Jaguar cars due to the styling of Ian Callum, the man behind the Jaguar XK coupe, XF executive saloon and all-new Jaguar XJ.
As a result, the new C-X16 resembles a smaller version of the XK coupe, with a low body, long, curving bonnet and rapidly dipping roofline.
On releasing the sketch, Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars said: “Great Jaguars have always been beautiful, innovative and have looked firmly to the future. The finished C-X16 concept has the potential to do these things while retaining the ability to surprise, to excite and invigorate.”
Callum’s designs were widely credited with reinvigorating the Jaguar brand in the past ten years, and as a result the C-X16 will be one of the stars of the show when it is officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director at Jaguar, said: “Jaguar has set in place bold, ambitious plans for the future. This production concept demonstrates the depth of design and engineering ability we have within Jaguar to make these plans come to life – I look forward to sharing this latest, exciting step at the Frankfurt Motor Show.”
Full details of the concept car will be unveiled by Jaguar on 7 September before its debut at the show, it has been confirmed.