Jaguar has just confirmed their next model during a speech at the New York Auto Show to be the new F-Type, a sportscar derived from the C-X16 concept revealed last September.
"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 an all-new Jaguar sports car,” said Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director for Jaguar Cars. "That car will be called the F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year.”
Jaguar has confirmed that the F-Type will strictly a 2 seater, in a convertible form factor, no less. Jaguar has also announced that the upcoming model will have a new range of gasoline powered engines.
"A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar's Director of Design. “The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive."
Currently, the F-Type is undergoing the final stages of on-road testing, with camouflaged prototypes leaving Jaguar's plant in Bromwich, UK.
"The engineering development of the F-TYPE has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward,” saif Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director “We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved."
Full details on the new F-Type will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid 2013.