JAGUAR HAS ANNOUNCED that the production version of the C-X16 concept car will be called the F-Type.
Jaguar has also confirmed that it will be the convertible version of the two-seater sports car that will be available first, going on sale in 2013, with the coupe likely to follow in 2014.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director at Jaguar said, “We showed the C-X16 concept (below) 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.”
“That car will be called the F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form 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 amongst 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.” Said Hallmark.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said, “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. 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.”
F-Type development is now reaching the final stages with development mules like the one pictured above undertaking on-road testing.
There will be further announcements on the Jaguar F-Type later in 2012.