A tweaked exterior and new technology are joined by Jaguar's 2.0-litre engine in next year's facelifted F-Type

Jaguar has been testing a facelifted version of its F-Type with a four-cylinder engine at the Nüburgring.

The test model has recieved minor tweaks to the styling of its nose and was spotted lapping the 'Ring clad in a camouflage body wrap. Though initial reports suggested the car was running a V6 engine, DVLA records reveal the car is in fact using a 2.0-litre four-pot motor.

This petrol engine could either be based on the 237bhp one found in the 2.0-litre XE, or alternatively it could be Jaguar's upcoming 2.0-litre petrol Ingenium engine. Either way, insiders expect power output to reach as much as 300bhp.

The addition of a four-cylinder unit to the F-Type range has long been rumoured, and the arrival of this prototype suggests it's on course to arrive next year.

On the car's exterior, the front bumper lacks the air intakes that sit either side on the current V6 model, and instead makes do with slimmer gaps below the grille. This creates an overall cleaner, more aerodynamic look.

The new model also features LED headlights, which will likely feature adaptive technology.

The rest of the test car’s body looks unchanged from the current model, suggesting the 2017 model will only receive the smallest of changes to its exterior. Though this particular car is a coupé, similar changes are expected for the convertible version.

Our spy photographers weren’t able to catch a glimpse of the car’s interior, but insiders expect the 2017 F-Type to get Jaguar Land Rover’s latest infotainment system, which is featured in new models such as the Discovery Sport.

Little else is expected to the change in the engine range. Thus, the supercharged V6 car steps up from entry to mid-level, and the range-topping car will retain Jaguar’s brutish supercharged V8 unit.

The new four-pot will be a key rival for Porsche's new flat-four 718 Cayman. That car is priced from £39,878, so we can expect a similar opening figure for the base-level Jaguar.

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10 May 2016
Well, the exterior is pretty much perfect as it is, although it would be nice if the front grille was oval as opposed to rectangular.

However, they have an opportunity here to really improve the worst aspect of the car - the interior.

Less plastic, more leather and high quality materials and a greater choice of colours and veneers would be a fantastic upgrade that would make the car feel as great as it looks from the outside.

13 May 2016
hackjo wrote:

Well, the exterior is pretty much perfect as it is, although it would be nice if the front grille was oval as opposed to rectangular.

However, they have an opportunity here to really improve the worst aspect of the car - the interior.

Less plastic, more leather and high quality materials and a greater choice of colours and veneers would be a fantastic upgrade that would make the car feel as great as it looks from the outside.

Totally with you there! The current F-Type's interior is characterless and a little low rent. Its not as bad as the truly awful interiors of the XE/XF and F-Pace mind.

Cyborg

10 May 2016
Let's hope Jag doesn't "do an E-Type" and take a beautifully elegant and resolved shape (Mk 1 3.8) and give it a middle-age Pringle-sweater paunch and golfing slacks (V12 Auto). As for the interior: an injection of infotainment for the 21st century is urgently required as is an injection of better quality plastics, dial graphics and some lightweight seats (a la Project 7). If they could remove a further 70-100kg I'd be happier still :-)

BertoniBertone

10 May 2016
IMHO, the one thing that would turn really the F-type into a proper sports car is a 100mm reduction in width. It may only be that much wider than a Boxster, but it makes all the difference when driving on twisting B-roads. I think the decision to pitch the F-type mid way between the Boxster and 911 has compromised it somewhat, making it neither a lithe and agile sports car nor a full-fat grand tourer.

11 May 2016
Daniel Joseph wrote:

IMHO, the one thing that would turn really the F-type into a proper sports car is a 100mm reduction in width...

That and 200kg reduction in weight, better traction, more controlled back end, and redesigned interior, and it'll be ace.

13 May 2016
Overdrive wrote:
Daniel Joseph wrote:

IMHO, the one thing that would turn really the F-type into a proper sports car is a 100mm reduction in width...

That and 200kg reduction in weight, better traction, more controlled back end, and redesigned interior, and it'll be ace.

A less shouty engine and suspension that more closely reflects Jaguars of old i.e. comfortable, would also be welcome.

 

13 May 2016
Long live the future 2 pots Jaguar !

14 May 2016
Jaguar building a sub f-type sports car using the 2.0 litre petrol engine in say 150, 200, 250 and 300 BHP forms. Roadster, Coupe and HPE body shapes. Mazda MX5 with JLR? A really pretty, quick sports car range priced from £25k to £50k. No competing with Mazda or F-type.
Oh and yes, Jaguar, please improve your interiors. Currently look cheap and dull. Driving a Jaguar should feel like an affordable luxuary at the very least.

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