Jaguar has officially killed off their C-X75 sports car project, with the British automaker providing final confirmation this week that it has decided to permanently shelve the project. The move comes just 6 years after the marque proudly revealed the concept version of the car back in 2010, which was originally slated to enter production in 2011. Before that could happen, Jaguar set the project aside so they could concentrate more on their new XE and XF sedans, along with the new F-PACE SUV.
When asked as to whether we’ll ever see a production version C-X75, Jaguar’s global product communications manager Richard Agnew said, “The emotional side of our brains would also say yes, but the rational side would say that car was designed in 2010, it’s now six years old,” he said. It was a great learning curve for us – the hybrid technology, the small forced induction engine. We gave it a good go to put it into production but I think in hindsight it was the right business decision.”
The C-X75 concept car was powered by helicopter-style turbine engines, which recharged the batteries that in turn powered four 145kW (194hp) electric motors. It was said that they’d propel the car from 0 – 100km/h (60mph) in just 3.4 seconds. Despite the potential, the now out-dated design and ageing drive train would probably need to be overhauled to comply with 2016 standards and to better compete with the supercars and hypercars of today.
There’s also bad news for fans of the previous model Jaguar XF Sportbrake / wagon / estate car, with Agnew also confirming that Jaguar will most likely put a bullet in the new XF wagon project, and not even bother starting work on an XE wagon. Jaguar believes that their new F-PACE SUV will more than meet the demands of buyers who would have previously looked at estate / wagon models, making for a difficult business case of developing the two new models.
“There’s a handful of markets in Europe that still buy wagons – the UK, Germany, Italy and historically Australia,” Agnew said. “So as a global business case it’s difficult to make sense of it, especially when the market is definitely moving to SUVs.”