British sports car gains new styling and tech; Hot Wheels to assist with launch event
2 December 2019

Jaguar will reveal the facelifted version of its F-Type this evening (Monday), in an event supported by model car firm Hot Wheels.

The new sports car, due on sale early next year, will gain refreshed styling and upgraded technology and has already been seen testing in camouflage livery in recent weeks.

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Jaguar confirmed the launch date with a short video on social media recently, which also said the event would be held 'in partnership with Hot Wheels'. The teaser video features a Hot Wheels track loop, suggesting the new F-Type could undertake a similar stunt in reality. 

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has previously attempted a number of stunts and world records at launch events. The Jaguar F-Pace SUV set a world record for the widest loop in a car and the Jaguar E-Pace set a world record for the longest barrell roll by a production car. The Land Rover Discovery was launched by driving onto the world's largest Lego structure: a recreation of London's Tower Bridge.

The most recent spy shots of the F-Type, taken near JLR's technical HQ in Gaydon, show the restyled front end more clearly, with a new clamshell bonnet, a more prominent grille and slim, angular LED headlights mounted lower down the nose. 

The rear retains the same vertical bootlid but gets new wraparound tail-lights and a reshaped bumper. A quick glimpse at the interior doesn't reveal much, but it looks like the infotainment has moved on a generation, while the rotary climate control display remains. 

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It's expected that much of the more advanced technology and infotainment features from the electric I-Pace and updated XE will make its way into the F-Type. That means new digital dials, a larger and more feature-laden touchscreen and substantial upgrades to the materials. 

JLR is now phasing out its long-running supercharged V6 in favour of a new turbocharged and hybridised straight six, and the F-Type will benefit from this more efficient powertrain. The turbocharged four-cylinder and supercharged V8 engines should be carried over to the new car with limited changes, however. Indeed, this prototype registers as a 5.0-litre V8, putting paid to rumours JLR would bring in a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre unit.

What remains unclear is whether the new F-Type will continue to offer a manual gearbox. The current V6 is still offered with one in the UK, although it has reportedly been removed from sale in the US. Regardless, manuals account for a tiny fraction of F-Type sales.

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bol

23 May 2019

Lets hope it loses a few hundred kilos along the way. Otherwise they’re just messing with the best bit about the car without addressing the worst. 

22 November 2019
bol wrote:

Lets hope it loses a few hundred kilos along the way. Otherwise they’re just messing with the best bit about the car without addressing the worst. 

 

Hope over experience , I'm afraid.  They should scrap the entire range except the 4-pot. They can't take out weight given its architecture and 'just adding lightness' means very expensive light-weight materials which the car can't carry into a higher price. 

JLR is stuck with a car that looks great.... but that's it. Hence my view is they should keep the 4-pot and get rid of those Ford-engineed behemoths. Don't know about that straight-six but it seems bonkers to re-engineer for a very different format of engine....unless, of course, Autocar has got it wrong and that new Ingenium 6-pot won't fit any time soon: none of which would surprise me.

2 December 2019
BertoniBertone wrote:

bol wrote:

Lets hope it loses a few hundred kilos along the way. Otherwise they’re just messing with the best bit about the car without addressing the worst. 

 

Hope over experience , I'm afraid.  They should scrap the entire range except the 4-pot. They can't take out weight given its architecture and 'just adding lightness' means very expensive light-weight materials which the car can't carry into a higher price. 

JLR is stuck with a car that looks great.... but that's it. Hence my view is they should keep the 4-pot and get rid of those Ford-engineed behemoths. Don't know about that straight-six but it seems bonkers to re-engineer for a very different format of engine....unless, of course, Autocar has got it wrong and that new Ingenium 6-pot won't fit any time soon: none of which would surprise me.

Those Ford behemoths that are far better than anything JLR has ever been able to produce you mean? - lol

The i6 would be alright, just got to hope they finally have those quality issues sorted (doubtful).

2 December 2019
CarNut170]</p><p>[quote=BertoniBertone]</p><p>[quote=bol wrote:

Lets hope it loses a few hundred kilos along the way. Otherwise they’re just messing with the best bit about the car without addressing the worst. 

 

If anyone is laughing it is everyone that is laughing at you, Jaguar have made and continue to make some stunning engines, the AJ6 series was amazing as was the E-Type engines, right through the years upto and including the Ingenium, you clearly have no knowledge of Ingenium, i suggest you go to the plant and look at what they are doing there, and how eco friendly they are, and how they are seriously good, the Ingenium is also in the LR range, both our cars have them and give us MPG far surperior than anything from BMW and Mercedes and so on, so before you make stupid comments get the facts.

FM8

2 December 2019
jonboy4969]<p>[quote=CarNut170]</p><p>[quote=BertoniBertone wrote:

bol wrote:

Lets hope it loses a few hundred kilos along the way. Otherwise they’re just messing with the best bit about the car without addressing the worst. 

 

If anyone is laughing it is everyone that is laughing at you, Jaguar have made and continue to make some stunning engines, the AJ6 series was amazing as was the E-Type engines, right through the years upto and including the Ingenium, you clearly have no knowledge of Ingenium, i suggest you go to the plant and look at what they are doing there, and how eco friendly they are, and how they are seriously good, the Ingenium is also in the LR range, both our cars have them and give us MPG far surperior than anything from BMW and Mercedes and so on, so before you make stupid comments get the facts.

I'm sorry Jimbob, but Ingenium isn't great, it's got better as they've had time to develop it, but it was terrible when it was released. Ingenium has been a tough lesson in project management for JLR. They switched off supply of the old 2.2 unit but the Ingenium project slipped and it wasn't ready when it was released.

23 May 2019

Can the investment be justified given the low sales numbers and JLR's current finances? Surely the company has more important tasks than improving a car that's already pretty good, but simply not selling.  It might be better to sort out some of the "volume" models, or speed up the arrival of more EVs.  

23 May 2019

Its a great car, and it desperatly needs an interior overhaul. I'm sure they'll make a good job of it. 

As you say LP, is it worth it. Nobody seems to buy them at all. I've never seen one on the road here in Ireland. I didn't like the idea of an all-electric F-Type at all, but actually, it would be bound to make the same impact as the I-Pace.

I think the problem lies in the fact that its too betwixt and between, a bit of a pure sports car, but just not sporty enough, and a bit of a touring car, yet not comfortable enough.

5 November 2019
JMax18 wrote:

Its a great car, and it desperatly needs an interior overhaul. I'm sure they'll make a good job of it. 

As you say LP, is it worth it. Nobody seems to buy them at all. I've never seen one on the road here in Ireland. I didn't like the idea of an all-electric F-Type at all, but actually, it would be bound to make the same impact as the I-Pace.

I think the problem lies in the fact that its too betwixt and between, a bit of a pure sports car, but just not sporty enough, and a bit of a touring car, yet not comfortable enough.

 

JMax18, you've absolutely nailed the problem with the F-Type in your last sentence.  I owned one briefly before reverting to a Boxster, and It was neither fish nor fowl: too wide and unwieldy to be  a sports car (which was what I wanted) too stiffly sprung (on 20" wheels) for long distance comfort.

23 May 2019

What Jaguar needs to do:

- Build the J Pace, SUVs sell, enough said

- Scrap the XE

- Replace the XJ with an electric model

- Replace the XF with Jaguars answer to the Tesla model 3

- Replace the F type with three sports cars a la Boxter, Cayman and 911 but make them all electric

 

 

 

23 May 2019

@TStag

J Pace sounds interesting, I would bet on it coming out, a much larger luxury SUV, a copy of the Range Rover

Don't see why they would scrap the XE, since it is the best saloon they have, and the most popular. I could see them merging some parts of the XF into the XE by way of bodystyles, however.

Its no secret they're making an electric saloon car. They might as well replace the XJ with it and go the whole hog on luxury.

F type idea sounds nice, but sports cars just aren't the thing these days. They could make it into a sporty GT. Or else into a cheap pure sports car that actually performs.

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