The Jaguar F-Type is getting a makeover for 2020 including an updated range of engines and a much sharper look to better-suit its enhanced performance credentials. The coupe and fabric-roofed convertible benefit from a handsome new front and rear redesign, but there are several changes under the skin too.
The most obvious visual update by far is the new 'super-slim pixel' LED headlights. These carry a new version of Jaguar's 'Calligraphy' J-shaped daytime running lights and include a dynamic sweeping indicator function. The new clamshell bonnet complements these, while a new front bumper consists of an enlarged grille to emphasise the performance nature of the F-Type. The car's overall proportions remain the same, and those rear haunches still give the F-Type a desirable rear three-quarter view. Like the electric I-Pace's, the rear lights are slimmer and incorporate the 'chicane' graphic.
More digitalisation of the interior
The interior of the F-Type receives some minor updates, although the overall design and layout remain the same. Fine materials like Windsor Leather and 'Noble Chrome' maintain the premium feel that extends to features like the Jaguar Leaper motif in the headrests. The centre console carries subtle 'Jaguar Est.1935' markings.
To keep up with market trends, the interior of the F-Type benefits from a new 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. This enables the driver to customise the view they see, including a full map display when navigating to a destination. Its standard view portrays a large rev counter and shift light to continue the driver-focused theme of the car. Some familiar F-Type features remain, like the hidden air vents that rise from the dashboard when the ignition is switched on.
An enhanced Touch Pro infotainment system provides access to the car's other features and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Jaguar will also offer over-the-air updates so that owners won't have to visit a dealership for minor enhancements. Buyers will be able to choose between two Meridian sound systems, though anyone with the range-topping V8 version is likely to prefer listening to its exhaust. Speaking of exhausts, all versions of the F-Type will be available with Jaguar's active exhaust either as standard or as an option. When the engine starts, it does so with a characterful exhaust flare before settling to an idle. The V8 engines additionally feature a new 'Quiet Start' function, allowing owners to start the car more discreetly by keeping the electrically actuated bypass valve in the exhaust silencers closed until they are overridden when the engine is under increased load. Alternatively, pressing the exhaust button before starting the engine will override this function.
The F-Type's engine line-up caters for all tastes
In all, there will be a choice of four engines for the 2020MY Jaguar F-Type, starting with a 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit that is available exclusively with rear-wheel drive and the 'Quickshift' automatic transmission. The 380hp supercharged V6 engine will available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Two variants of a newly developed V8 will also be launched, beginning with the 450hp supercharged unit that comes in rear- or all-wheel-drive guises.
Range-topping F-Type R
Growing the new range is the F-Type R, available in coupe and convertible body styles with power coming from a supercharged V8 petrol engine and featuring an automatic all-wheel-drive transmission. The engine outputs are quoted at 575hp and 700Nm (up from 550hp and 680Nm respectively in the outgoing model), with a top speed that is electronically limited to 186mph and acceleration to 100km/h from rest taking a mere 3.5 seconds. Along with more power, the F-Type R receives chassis upgrades with new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and rear knuckles that are stiffer to deliver greater agility at speed. Wider 20-inch wheels are a Gloss Black colour with a diamond-turned finish.
Exclusive F-Type First Edition to mark launch
To celebrate the introduction of the revamped model, Jaguar will offer an exclusive F-Type First Edition. This version will be available for the first year only and shares much of the same specification as the R-Dynamic model, but gains an Exterior Design Pack in Dorchester Grey and 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in an eye-catching Gloss Technical Grey with Diamond-Turned finish. Three exterior colours options of Eiger Grey, Fuji White and Santorini Black will be available, and inside, the cabin is available with Windsor Leather upholstery in Ebony with Light Oyster stitching or in Mars with Flame Red stitching. Additional interior details include an Ebony Suedecloth headliner, an Alcantara covering for the instrument cluster that carries an embossed monogram, aluminium gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel and an Engine Spin centre console finisher that features First Edition branding.