The new Jaguar F-Type is coming with a lot of updates, that’s what we know after seeing the car’s recent spy shots at the Nurburgring ahead of its debut early next year.
As a plus, we see not only the F-Type coupe, but also its convertible sibling; both wearing heavy camo during their test on the world’s most popular proving ground. This implies that the two models will continue to live after the facelift.
When we take a closer look at the camouflaged coupe, we can clearly see the big changes that the car is bringing. Jaguar is giving the model some serious visual updates including a totally revamped nose, redesigned hood and two super-slim headlights.
It also gained more aggressiveness thanks to its bigger grille which completes the front-end refresh. At the back, the F-Type also sports a few noticeable changes such as a squarer appearance and two new tail-lights. Overall, all these changes make the Jag’s exterior look fresher than ever.
As for the interior, it’s said to have been totally overhauled that it now has a new infotainment system and an all-digital instrument cluster. While in terms of design, the interior is thought to be similar to those of the most recent XE and I-PACE.
Under its hood, the upcoming F-Type will reportedly no longer offer the 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and 550-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8. Both engines will be ditched next year.
Jaguar will replace the V6 with its Ingenium 3.0-liter inline turbocharged six-cylinder that cranks out around 400 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the V8 unit will be dropped in favor of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that could develop up to 630 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
For improved efficiency, the new six-cylinder will be paired to JLR’s 48-volt mild hybrid system that reclaims some energy during braking. The system also helps the car accelerate more quickly thanks to a lithium-ion-powered electric supercharger that wipes out turbo lag.
It’s expected that the outgoing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque will stay, but with small updates. What’s not certain is if the new straight-six will use the current six-speed manual or come with a new gearbox.
There were also rumors regarding new powertrains, saying that the British automaker is considering an all-electric variant of the F-TYPE that could pack the same pair of motors found in the I-PACE, but the electric model is not expected to launch until 2023.