Jaguar is testing a four-cylinder diesel engine in its F-Type sports car

Jaguar is testing a 2.0-litre diesel engine in its Jaguar F-Type sports car.

Spy photos show the car's number plate, which, when checked against an online vehicle database, reveals that the model being tested has a 2.0-litre diesel engine and that the car has been under development since April 2016.

Read more: 2017 Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder could get 300bhp

The car was spotted testing near Royal Leamington Spa, not far from Jaguar’s headquarters in Coventry. The photos also reveal that Jaguar Land Rover’s chief engineer, Mike Cross, behind the wheel.

Jaguar has long been rumoured to be developing a diesel variant of the F-Type, as well as a four-cylinder petrol version running an upcoming Ingenium engine. It’s expected to produce as much as 300bhp in the F-Type.

The F-Type diesel project was reported to have been shelved, but the emergence of these new images suggests it has been picked up once again, at least for evaluation purposes.

The facelifted F-Type is due to be unveiled late next year, so it’s likely that if four-cylinder variants are on the way, they will be revealed with the facelifted car. An introduction of these engines would suggest that Jaguar is aiming squarely at the Porsche Boxster with the new entry-level versions.

Expect a new entry-level price to fit with the new engines. The Porsche 718 Boxster is priced from just under £40,000, so a similar price for the entry-level F-Type is expected.

A Jaguar Land Rover spokesman said: "We do not discuss out future product plans. However, we have said we are expanding our product ranges. As a result there are many Jaguar and Land Rover development vehicles and technologies being tested at any one time. We have nothing further to add at this stage or desire to comment on the speculation with regard to future potential models."

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7 November 2016
Will it crackle on the over-run?


7 November 2016
ARRGH! First F------ SUV's and now a Diesel F Type! The world has gone to the dogs.

Madmac

7 November 2016
madmac wrote:

ARRGH! First F------ SUV's and now a Diesel F Type! The world has gone to the dogs.

Why? Not something that I would buy but for the gazillion poseurs out there driving diesel Audi TT's and Merc SLK's, Why not a slightly more expensive poseur Diesel Jag?

7 November 2016
[F-Pace]!

Madmac

bol

7 November 2016
I can't see it making production.

7 November 2016
What an awful idea, but due to our company car tax rates i imagine it would sell.

TS7

7 November 2016
artill wrote:

What an awful idea, but due to our company car tax rates i imagine it would sell.

And perhaps the new tax tiers coming in from April. Wonder if it'll retail for £39,999...

7 November 2016
artill wrote:

What an awful idea, but due to our company car tax rates i imagine it would sell.

Are there car nuts still crying from the early 90's when BMW introduced diesels into their UK range of cars and many were really upset that "their" sport saloons were being ruined by having a diesel version?
In Europe not having a diesel version of a car with an engine of 2 litres or above removes well over 50% of potential buyers being interested in buying the car.

TS7

7 November 2016
... "We do not discuss out future product plans. Horse****! Of course they discuss out them. Or did I imagine all the articles about the 'New Defender'?

7 November 2016
TS7 wrote:

... "We do not discuss out future product plans. Horse****! Of course they discuss out them. Or did I imagine all the articles about the 'New Defender'?

Wouldn't be surprised if they tipped off Autocar about this, to guage public reaction. Happy coincidence that Mike Cross was behind the wheel...

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