Confirmed: The F-Type is coming
NEW YORK - Jaguar has confirmed that it will bring an all-new sports car to production - the F-Type.
FRESH SET OF CLAWS: Jaguar has confirmed that its concept C-X16 will become reality as the F-Type. Gallery
Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Cars' global brand director, speaking at the New York auto show, confirmed: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011 (see gallery) and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.
"That car will be called the F-Type and it will be unveiled in production form later in 2012. The core appeal of Jaguar's cars is their sporting heart and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-Type.
"Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand and the desire among our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long.
"No longer - the F-Type is coming."
See - and hear! - the car in the video below.
The F-Type will launch as a convertible and ride on Jaguar's industry-leading knowledge of all-aluminium construction. It will be "strictly two-seater" with, Jaguar adds, "the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward".
"A new family of petrol engines will be available," the automaker says, "and all will deliver stunning sports-car performance."
The announcement coincided with the date the car's development schedule moves to final on-road testing, sending engineering prototypes out from Jaguar's plant in Castle Bromwich in the English Midlands - the factory that will assemble the production cars.
Ian Hoban, Jaguar's vehicle line director, said: "The engineering development of the F-Type has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress and looking forward to being able soon to demonstrate what we have achieved."
'TRUE TO PURPOSE'
Ian Callum, design director, added: "A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era.
"The F-Type will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that's soon to arrive."
The F-Type will join Jaguar's existing range – the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-Type technical and range details will be announced later in 2012.
It will go on sale in mid-2013.