Facelifted 2020 Jaguar F-Type to be revealed today
British sports car gains new styling and tech; Hot Wheels to assist with launch event
The new sports car, due on sale early next year, will gain refreshed styling and upgraded technology and has already been seen testing in camouflage livery in recent weeks.
Jaguar confirmed the launch date with a short video on social media recently, which also said the event would be held ‘in partnership with Hot Wheels’. The teaser video features a Hot Wheels track loop, suggesting the new F-Type could undertake a similar stunt in reality.
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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has previously attempted a number of stunts and world records at launch events. The Jaguar F-Pace SUV set a world record for the widest loop in a car and the Jaguar E-Pace set a world record for the longest barrell roll by a production car. The Land Rover Discovery was launched by driving onto the world’s largest Lego structure: a recreation of London’s Tower Bridge.
The most recent spy shots of the F-Type, taken near JLR’s technical HQ in Gaydon, show the restyled front end more clearly, with a new clamshell bonnet, a more prominent grille and slim, angular LED headlights mounted lower down the nose.
The rear retains the same vertical bootlid but gets new wraparound tail-lights and a reshaped bumper. A quick glimpse at the interior doesn’t reveal much, but it looks like the infotainment has moved on a generation, while the rotary climate control display remains.
It’s expected that much of the more advanced technology and infotainment features from the electric I-Pace and updated XE will make its way into the F-Type. That means new digital dials, a larger and more feature-laden touchscreen and substantial upgrades to the materials.
JLR is now phasing out its long-running supercharged V6 in favour of a new turbocharged and hybridised straight six, and the F-Type will benefit from this more efficient powertrain. The turbocharged four-cylinder and supercharged V8 engines should be carried over to the new car with limited changes, however. Indeed, this prototype registers as a 5.0-litre V8, putting paid to rumours JLR would bring in a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre unit.
What remains unclear is whether the new F-Type will continue to offer a manual gearbox. The current V6 is still offered with one in the UK, although it has reportedly been removed from sale in the US. Regardless, manuals account for a tiny fraction of F-Type sales.