The svelte Jaguar F-type has been around since 2013, remaining the firm’s only sports coupe. Jaguar has now updated the car to better compete against the 992-gen Porsche 911. This time, the firm has removed the Ingenium V6 option from its lineup.
For 2020, the Jaguar F-Type sports a new, sharper design, improved fit and finish, and newer technology that has filtered down from recent models like the I-Pace.
Look closely, and you will see the new F-Type looks a lot like the stillborn Jaguar C-X75.
Alan Volkaerts, vehicle line director for Jaguar F-Type provided the reasoning behind dropping the V6 for the car. “The decision not to offer the V6 follows a sales review showing demand is by far the heaviest for the four-cylinder engine. Also, we believe the introduction of a new 444bhp V8 in both AWD and RWD forms still offers customers a strong range.”
On the question of why the Ingenium V6 was no longer a good fit, he said, “It’s a simple question of packaging. With demand for the four-cylinder so strong, we simply couldn’t justify the significant investment needed.”
For 2020, the top-tier F-Type generating 567hp will be available with only AWD and all the bells and whistles courtesy of ‘R’ specification. At its heart is Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8. This trim can crack the ton in 3.5 seconds and register a top speed of 300kph.
A trim level lower, the F-Type sports the same V8 in a milder state of tune, producing 444hp. 100kph comes up in 4.4 seconds, while top speed is quoted at 285kph. Finally, the heaviest-selling F-Type comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor generating 296hp. It can hit 100kph in 5.4 seconds and top out at 250kph.
For 2020, all F-Type trims feature active exhausts while V8 trims get a special ‘quiet mode’ for whenever the driver wishes to be discreet. The most important design changes are the sleeker headlamps with new signature DRLs. The taillamps have been revised slightly to mimic the I-Pace’s setup.
Jaguar has retained the F-Type's signature haunch, as it believes this is the design detail that the designers got right the first time.
The grille is wider and deeper, lending a bold, menacing stance to the front fascia. “Everyone’s shouting louder these days, and we need to do the same,” says exterior design chief Adam Hatton. “We don’t want to be brash, but we don’t want to shrink from the opposition either.
Inside, a new 12.3-inch display sports F-Type graphics, configurable as a central tachometer. Jaguar Land Rover 10-inch TouchPro system covers the occupants’ infotainment needs, now with Apple CarPlay compatibility. The 2020 Jaguar F-Type still retains the three rotary heating and ventilation controllers that the British carmaker counts as essential to a good driving machine.
The Jaguar F-Type will be available by the first quarter of 2020, arriving in the Middle East later the same year.