Offering a first look at the design thinking that will shape its upcoming future production sports car, Jaguar has released this sketch of the C-X16 Concept, which will roll into the world spotlight next month in Frankfurt. Created by the same team responsible for the latest XJ, XF and XK models, the Jaguar C-X16 intends "to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology."

In commenting on this ambitious project, Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars, observed: "Great Jaguar cars 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, excite and invigorate."

While no technical information was provided with the rendering, the production concept is expected to borrow several exterior and interior design cues from Jag's stunning C-X75 range-extended supercar that stole the show in Paris last summer and feature the same kind of aluminum-intensive platform construction found on other current Jaguar offerings. Likely  to go on sale sometime late next year or early 2013, speculation around this scintillating Jaguar  two-seater indicates probable coupe and convertible variants and both V6 and at some point, V8 power with at least one force-fed performance model also in the cards.

An equally enthusiastic Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director for the firm, followed up on Callum's comments regarding the C-X16 Concept by noting: "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."

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