Jaguar will reveal a dramatic new sports car concept at the Paris motor show this month. The car is tipped to be badged Jaguar F-Type.
It will preview a fresh styling direction and makes a fitting celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary.
Details of the still-secret car have emerged from Tata sources and been reported this week in Autocar India.
The concept will be about the size of an XK and aims to embody Jaguar beauty and to celebrate the firm’s hard-won reputation as a sports car maker.
Inspired by Porsche
Some of the inspiration for the show car is the success of the Porsche 918 revealed at Geneva.
Unlike that car, however, Autocar understands that the Jag isn’t slated for production but will pave the way for the next phase of Jaguar’s new models, kicking off in 2012 with the new XK.
It also neatly marks the end of one phase of Jaguar design and the start of another.
Today’s XK began the Ian Callum-inspired reinvention of Jaguar’s model range, moving through the XF and culminating in today’s XJ.
New grille design
One of the key design features likely to change in the future is the oval, E-type-inspired grille that has identified Jaguar’s sports cars.
Callum has previously told Autocar that the current oval grille can’t be stretched to fit the face of bigger cars without compromising its elegant proportions.