Jaguar Announces All-New F-Type Sports Car to Enter Production

By Trevor Dorchies | April 04, 2012
In a surprise move, today at the New York International Auto Show, Jaguar has announced it will be adding another two-seater sports car to its arsenal: the F-Type. The all-new F-Type is based off of the C-X16 concept shown off back in November at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. Jaguar received very warm feedback with the C-X16 debut and has decided to push that car into production with the "F-Type" nameplate attached to it. "[The C-X16's] development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long," said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars. "But no longer, the F-Type is coming." Jaguar recently launched a marketing campaign dubbed "Alive" which is tasked with creating a stir among the public about the automaker's rejuvenated badging and lineup. The F-Type will now become a center-piece for that campaign as efforts to promote the new sports car will become elevated in the coming months. Jaguar made no secret that the United States will be the F-Type's primary target since it's the largest sports car market in the world. The all-new F-Type will be the fourth model to join the British automaker's lineup, which already includes the sporty XF, the plush XJ, and the XK coupe and convertible.
Jag's latest roadster wasn't physically in attendance in New York but company executives gave out just enough information to whet our appetites. The only picture Jaguar released of its new roadster is the one featured above which showcases a badge and what appears to be the bottom of a taillight. The C-X16 has already been shown off to the world as mentioned earlier, and there was widespread speculation that it was a thinly veiled version of the production-version of the F-Type. A plethora of new powerplants are expected to be available for the F-Type and you can bet there will be more than enough aluminum making up the body construction too. With the announcement of the new F-Type coming to market, Jaguar said it will begin the final stages of testing with prototypes immediately. These test-mules will go into service at Jag's Castle Bromwich facility in the British Midlands. This same facility will be tasked with building the all-new F-Type once it gets the final green light to enter production. Jaguar says the F-Type will be a true sports car and have engineering that's focused on points like a dynamic driving feel. The production version of the Jaguar F-Type is expected to be unveiled later this year and will go on-sale in mid-2013. Stay tuned to as more details on the all-new Jaguar F-Type become public. Source: Jaguar