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Jaguar shows C-X16 Concept in white at LA Motor Show

Just when we thought it couldn't look any better...

Jaguar unveiled the C-X16 concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, unfortunately before TorquingPoint had been born. Then it was a silver concept, but now they have gone a bit more 'Hollywood' and painted it matte white for the latest LA Motor Show. 

What hasn't changed is the incredible shape of the C-X16 - a small, tightly formed athletic coupe with powerful haunches and a pert rear. The C-X16 was meant to be purely a concept at Frankfurt, but now Jaguar has all but admitted that it shows us a very clear indication of what the new XE small coupe will look like. Destined to sit below the XK in the line-up (which is set to grow in the next iteration), it will have a range of engines taking the fight directly to the Porsche Cayman, its nearest rival.

What we don't know is which variant of the XE will be launched first - convertible or coupe. Given the large market in the US which prefers drop-tops, it could be the former.

The XE will come with an all-new V6 engine, shown in the concept with a Hybrid system attached to it. Production engines will be a normally aspirated 3.0 litre V6 with c.300 bhp, and the same engine with a supercharger pushing out c.380 bhp. There is also likely to be a 3.0 V6 diesel variant with c.290 bhp, perfect for crossing continents in one fill-up.

The XE should cost between £55,000 and £70,000 when it goes on sale in late 2012.

Images courtesy of Jaguar


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more