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Jaguar Close To Giving The C-X16 Hybrid The Thumbs Up

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On: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 10:59AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jaguar Close To Giving The C-X16 Hybrid The Thumbs Up

Jaguar already has one sporty hybrid on the way in the C-X75. But that model will be way out of the price range of most car owners. For those looking for a sporty, sexy hybrid with a little more of an affordable price, they may get it in the way of a production C-X16.

Inside Line reports that Jaguar is close to a decision on the C-X16, which it showed in concept form at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. If it gets the green light, the C-X16 could go on sale in 2014. Jaguar has done several months’ worth of market research on the model, and it sounds as though Jaguar is already making production plans, with the green light a mere formality.

Jaguar envisions the C-X16 as a more mainstream, entry level sports car to compete with the Porsche Cayman/911. Adrian Hallmark, Jag's global brand director, told Inside Line that the model would be priced between the range-topping Cayman R and the base 911 Carrera.

The C-X16 concept was a lighter hybrid than the C-X75. Instead of an electric-heavy plug-in hybrid layout, the car used a hybrid system to boost acceleration. The main power came from a 380-hp 3.0-liter V-6 engine mounted to the rear. The hybrid system provided up to 90-hp worth of boost via a button on the steering wheel. The hybrid system was also capable of powering the car on its own at speeds up to 50 mph (and we'd assume a very short distance around a mile).

Hallmark said that the car will offer "extremely precise, though not brutal" performance. Last year, Jaguar cited the concepts numbers at 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, 186 mph top speed and acceleration from 50 to 75 mph in 2.1 seconds.

If the C-X16 does get the go ahead, expect convertible and high-performance versions to follow. It sounds as though the initial model will be gas powered, with the hybrid to come later on.




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