The updated Jaguar F-Type has been spied testing around the Nurburgring by our spy photographers, ahead of its launch next year
The Jaguar F-Type looks set for a substantial refresh in 2020, which will see the car’s styling moved on significantly for the first time since its launch in 2013. Updated technology, both under the bonnet and in the cabin will also feature, to keep the F-Type competitive with the Porsche 911 and the recently released BMW Z4.
Styling revisions are limited, with the F-Type receiving fresh front and rear bumpers, updated side skirts, new rear lamps and a pair of slimline headlights, similar to the units fitted to the latest Jaguar XE. This new F-Type’s grille has also been given a minor refresh, standing slightly prouder than the old model’s.
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Inside, Jaguar’s latest flagship sports car should feature a new 10.2-inch infotainment system and digital heater controls, as used by the recently revised Jaguar XE and the all-electric I-Pace. Interior quality will also improve, with a broader range of soft-touch plastics and updated trim.
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It’ll be based on the same all-aluminium platform as the outgoing model, albeit with the usual handful of suspension, braking and electrical system tweaks. Both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants will remain across the update, along with the option of a convertible model.
The F-Type’s engine range could receive a more thorough overhaul, with Jaguar Land Rover previously committing to release an electrified version for each of its new cars from 2020 onwards. Restrictions on fleet CO2 are fast becoming more demanding on premium carmakers, making the F-Type an ideal model for cleaner technology.
Given the demands of the F-Type’s tight packaging, a 48-volt mild-hybrid system would be the most serviceable solution. JLR has already developed a suitable engine in the form of the new 3.0-litre turbo mild-hybrid straight six, which is currently available in the Range Rover.
The current F-Type’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 will not be used by the facelifted model. The engine is produced at Ford’s Bridgend plant, which is set to close in September 2020, cutting off Jaguar’s supply. A BMW-sourced 4.4-litre V8 is expected to serve as a replacement.
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have already confirmed they will collaborate on producing electric powertrains for their next generation electric vehicles, so it’s reasonable to suggest that their partnership will also extend to fossil-fuel engines. The 2022 Range Rover looks set to use the same V8 engine, hinting that Jaguar will have access to the unit.
The most powerful version of BMW’s turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine features in the BMW M8 Competition, where it produces 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. Should the new Jaguar F-Type have access to this engine, it’ll provide a respective increase of 49bhp and 70Nm over the current most powerful model.
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