Unveiled at the New York Motor Show – the name for Jaguar’s production C-X16. We’ve seen them before during the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s, but this time, after so many false starts, the Jaguar F-TYPE will be going on sale by the summer of 2013. We’ll have to start getting used to calling the wonderful C-X16 by its new moniker, now that it enters its final stages of test and development – still under the codename X152.
The car will closely resemble the C-X16,and will also be available as a two-seater convertible, which may be launched before the shapely coupe. The F-TYPE will take Jaguar into new markets – going head-to-head with top-end Porsche Boxsters and Caymans, as well as entry-level 911s. It’s a new sector for Jaguar but, given its confident new outlook and range, the marque is looking to land some heavy blows on its German rival. However, as AROnline revealed back in September, the C-X16’s hybrid drivetrain probably won’t be available from launch – the timing is very tight – but the F-TYPE will be powered by a 3-litre V6, offered in varying states of tune.
Adrian Hallmark – Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars Limited said: ‘Jaguar’s sporting heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-TYPE. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and our desire to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer – the F-TYPE is coming.’
The early announcement of the name continues the drip-feed of pre-launch publicity that should culminate in the full launch at this year’s Paris Motor Show. We’ll keep you posted…