Jaguar releases picture of F-Type ahead of upcoming Paris Auto Show

Article by Anita Panait, on September 22, 2012

A picture recently released of Jaguar's new F-Type shows off styling details that are somewhat similar to those of the legendary E-Type. Jaguar released the picture ahead of the F-Type’s international debut at the Paris Auto Show that is scheduled to start on September 19 and last until October 14.

While the picture shows that the F-Type will have a contemporary look, it does carry some E-Type references like the hood-length central bulge, the near-oval of the protruding grille and the falling body line towards the tail.

Jaguar considers the F-Type, its fourth and smallest model, as very important since it signals the carmakers return to building sporty vehicles after decades of concentrating on luxury sedans. The F-Type also retains most of the styling cues of the C-X16 coupe concept that Jaguar unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show.

These cues include a front end having dual side intake and L-shaped driving lights set within the headlights as well as a chrome-ringed grille. Jaguar will start selling the F-Type next spring and will carry a price of around £55,000 (EUR70,000, $86,000). It will rival the more expensive Porsche 911, a source privy to the carmaker told Automotive News Europe.

The F-Type will be available with three engine choices: two versions of Jaguar’s all-new 3-0-liter V6 supercharged gasoline engine with outputs of 340 hp and 380 hp, and a version of its current 5.0-liter supercharged gasoline V8. Jaguar has disclosed that the F-Type's all-aluminum construction enables it to be lighter, resulting to better performance and emissions.

It’s possible that Jaguar would also produce a production coupe or a hybrid version of the F-Type, but the carmaker has yet to confirm these details.

New Jaguar F-Type upholds the traditional sinuous and muscular elegance with new advancements on the design language. The new features include two bold strokes which are defined by two “heart lines” located on the top-down view and profile of this new model which started the “heart line” theme in the blade exploring the shark-like gills in any surface of the grille.

To provide sight lines which aid the driver with the maneuvers, the first heart line goes up and forms the sharp crest crease of this feature’s fender line. The headlamp design gives emphasis to this feature as it guides the eye above the front fender all the way to the door and gracefully disappears towards the back of the car. This feature line, which runs back all the way from the side vent, mirrors this sweeping line and allows the line to instill a sense of agility to the car along the “light catcher” surface detailed above the sill which show as well the surface of the door to wrap all over the car side. This creates a fuselage effect.

The second “heart line” puffs out to enable the muscular rear haunch to form before sweeping dramatically all over the back of the car. Active rear spoilers are also included to allow clean and sleek lines that correspond to the tail which deploys at speed in order to reduce the aerodynamic lift. These spoilers rise when the F-Type reach 60 mph and lowers to adjust the flush when speed drops to 40 mph and below. Moreover, a well sculpted rear valance and front splitter are some of the aids to boost aerodynamics.

According to Jaguar’s Director of Design Ian Callum, every sports car feature allows them to create something exciting to the eye. For him, a sports car is a combination of excitement, beauty and sensual package without unnecessary surfaces or design.

Every design must tell a story and this is the reason behind every start, direction and conclusion of every course in the F-Type line. He added that every line will stand the test of time if you approach each of them individually and get the dimensions accurately in a manner that’s as aesthetic as possible. This version is equipped with headlights that run vertically which gives attention to the upper part and along the fender crease. Technology facilitated the new design language for this latest version. While the compact xenon only requires one projector, the J-Blade LED running lights gives further emphasis to its heart line design running all throughout the lamp.

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