2020 Jaguar F-Type: convertible prototypes hit the Nurburgring

2020 Jaguar F-Type Cabrio prototype

Jaguar’s sports undergoes a restyle and gains new engines, along with a cabin upgrade to extend its lifespan

Jaguar will release a heavily updated F-Type next year, and the first spy images of a disguised convertible prototype have emerged.

The model was seen testing at the Nurburgring alongside a similarly camouflaged coupé variant. It is the first time the drop-top has been spotted on test. 

As with coupé prototypes spotted recently, the convertible looks to receive significant styling updates over the outgoing model. A dramatic front end overhaul brings a reshaped bonnet and slim headlights relocated to further down the nose.

A redesigned grille also features, while at the rear a new tail-light design can be seen with a squared-off rear profile that mimicks the recently facelifted XE saloon. It’s the first major styling revision since the F-Type was launched in 2013. 

Although the prototypes’ interiors haven’t been seen, it’s expected that much of the more advanced technology and infotainment features from the I-Pace and the 2019 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. 

Jaguar Land Rover 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. 

What remains unclear is whether the new F-Type will retain a manual gearbox option. 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 overall F-Type sales. 

Jaguar’s priorities for 2019 are the roll-out of the new XE and the launch of a similarly updated XF and F-Pace. However, we could see the revised F-Type revealed before the year is out, with an on-sale date in the first few months of 2020. 

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Source: Autocar

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