Jaguar's F-Type gets big makeover for 2020

Joanna Estrada
December 3, 2019

Jaguar has revealed its facelifted F-Type.

On the engine front, Jaguar has given the top model a slight boost, but we're surprised to see that the company's new straight-six petrol engine hasn't replaced the V6 option. Another modern touch is the new 31.2cm digital instrument cluster.

The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR is the brand's first V8-powered SUV that aims to be a high-performance alternative to luxury cars.

Interestingly, it seems the range for South Africa will no longer include manual gearboxes, with all SA-spec variants set to adopt the eight-speed "Quickshift" automatic transmission as standard.

Like the current version, the refreshed F-Type will be available with three different powertrains. However, instead of this, South Africans will be offered a carried over V6 turbo unit with 280kW and 460Nm, offered with either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, while the 2-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol model, rated at 221kW and 400Nm, soldiers on at the bottom of the range with rear-wheel-drive only.

The R-badged F-Type employs what Jaguar calls a "comprehensively uprated chassis" with wider, 20-inch wheels and new adaptive dampers, springs, anti-roll bars and stiffer rear knuckles and ball joints. The coupe now sports a new and larger single-frame grille flanked by slim pixel LED headlights, striking new clamshell bonnet, and revised front and rear bumpers with larger intakes The LED taillights with the signature J-theme continue to feature on the new F-Type, retaining the distinctive design language of the sports auto. Round back, you'll find redesigned, more slender taillamps. The shock-and-awe all-wheel-drive F-Type R's 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 now makes 567 hp-17 more than the current R-and gets from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. Jaguar furthermore says it has "enhanced" the Meridian sound systems on offer.

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