Jaguar confirmed at the recent New York Auto Show that it will bring a new sports car call the F-Type to production.
Adrian Hallmark, global brand director for Jaguar Cars, said: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of a new Jaguar sports car.
"That car will be called the F-Type, and it will be unveiled in production from later this year. The core appeal of Jaguar's cars is their sporting heart, and that 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 the desire among our engineers and design team 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."
Utilising Jaguar's industry-leading knowledge of all-aluminium construction, the F-Type will launch as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available – including a new powerplant family – and all will deliver stunning sports car performance.
The New York announcement also marked the point that the F-Type's rigorous development schedule moves to final on-road testing, with engineering prototypes now leaving Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in Britain – the same plant at which the production cars will be built.
The F-Type will join Jaguar's existing range of cars – the XF saloon and sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-Type technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale here in mid 2013.