Jaguar’s long-awaited ‘new E-type’ is now just 18 months away from a public unveiling. After two abortive attempts to replace the iconic E-type, Jaguar insiders say that this all-aluminium car will finally step confidently into the gap left by its historic predecessor.
One suggestion is that the production car will be launched at the Detroit motor show in January 2013, some 50 years after the introduction of the ‘Lightweight E-type’, which competed at the Sebring 12 Hours and Le Mans in 1963.
These scoop shots taken near Jaguar’s Whiteley research and development centre reveal an early engineering prototype based on the current XK cabriolet.
The new E-type is expected to come in both cabrio and coupé versions and most models will be powered by a V6 petrol engine. A V8 version is expected further into the future. There’s no news on whether a V6 diesel engine will be made available, though the new architecture is expected to be capable of accommodating the engine, unlike today’s XK.