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At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Jaguar showed off a F-Type Roadster test mule, and rough details on when to expect the production model’s debut. Now, clearer photos of the test mule than our cameras could capture from the screen during the press release are available.
Based on the British automaker’s C-X16 concept, the all-new Jaguar F-Type sports car development has been accelerated based on all the positive feedback from the concept model. The F-Type will originally launch as a convertible, two-seater focused on rewarding its driver. Jaguar plans on offering a range of standard gasoline engines to power the F-Type, including a new powerplant family.
“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 Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director of Jaguar Cars.
The F-Type is already on its final on-road testing phase and engineering prototypes are coming out of Jaguar’s Castle Brownwich plant which is where the production models will be produced. Full technical details and model ranges will be announced later this year. The F-Type will be on sale in mid-2013.
Hallmark also confirmed during the conference that the production model will be nearly identical to the concept we saw during last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, a gallery of which you can click through below.
GALLERY: Jaguar F-Type Official Photos
GALLERY: Jaguar C-X16 Concept
There may be some similarities to Jag’s grand touring XK, but the C-X16 is a smaller two-seater. In fact, it’s roughly 14-inches shorter end to end and Jag claims it’s the smaller car they’ve designed since the XK120 back in 1954.
Power output of 376-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine sounds solid enough, but then Jag has added on an additional 92-hp and 173 lb-ft of torque from a hybrid system. With a button mounted on the steering wheel, full power can be accessed, delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.
As a hybrid, the Jag sports car also promises impressive fuel economy, with the ability to travel at speeds of up to 50 mph on just electric power.
Styling is more modern, taking design cues from the C-X74 supercar concept, and while impressive it’s also not a huge departure from Jag’s past and could begin to look dated not longer after the car hits the market – which it most certainly will. Expect a production announcement at the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 13th.
GALLERY: Jaguar C-X16 Concept
Jaguar has just released the above teaser sketch of what it calls the C-X16 production concept. The name itself speaks volumes, and while this concept is intended to give a look at the future of Jaguar design, it’s likely to be a near production model.
What isn’t clear, is how close this vehicle is to the rumored small Jaguar sports car, or if it’s a look at the next XK – a vehicle that desperately needs to be replaced.
Designed by Ian Callum, he refers to the car as, “a precursor to future Jaguar sports cars that will aim to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology.”
We’ll find out more when the car is revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13th.