The first official sketch of the Jaguar C-X16 Concept has been released ahead of the sexy new coupe’s world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13.

Jaguar-C-X16-sketch

The sleek new cat was penned by the same team that designed the current Jaguar range – XF, XJ, XK.

According to the British marque, the C-X16 previews “future Jaguar sports cars that will aim to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology”.

With the concept nearing completion, director of design at Jaguar, Ian Callum, expressed his excitement at the potential of the new sports car:

“Great Jaguars have always been beautiful, innovative and have looked firmly to the future,” Mr Callum said.“The finished C-X16 concept has the potential to do these things while retaining the ability to surprise, to excite and invigorate.”

Although there is currently no word of a production version of the C-X16, Jaguar global brand director, Adrian Hallmark, could not talk about the concept without mentioning that the brand had set “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.”

As we revealed earlier this year, Jaguar and Land Rover will introduce 40 new models and variants over the next five years.

There is already a precedent for taking Jaguar C-X concepts to production. In May, Jaguar confirmed it would produce the C-X75 supercar in a limited run of 250 vehicles.

Stay tuned for more details in the lead up to next month’s Frankfurt show.