When it was launched, the Jaguar F-Type made a statement. A thunderous soundtrack, sexy looks, and a penchant for flinging its tail at every turn, it was a highly entertaining machine. That love affair, like all love affairs, didn’t last long . As entertaining as it was, the F-Type wasn’t the fastest sports car around and its tail happy nature took the brunt of the blame. Jaguar fixed this issue by offering the F-Type with an all-wheel drive system (the F-Type SVR), fixing the problem majorly. But then, the car had lost its charm for new buyers as they cried for something fresh. Jaguar has finally answered that call. The new Jaguar F-Type has a new face, new tech, and a new aura that makes it feel like a compelling car again. Let’s dive into all that’s new about the car and see if it is worth your time if you are looking to buy a new sports car.
2020 Jaguar F-Type – Photo Gallery
What’s new about the 2020 Jaguar F-Type?
The 2020 Jaguar F-Type isn’t an all-new car. You can call it a mid-life refresh of the car that has been among us since 2013. That didn’t hold back Jaguar from engaging in theatrics (not that I mind). You see, when Jaguar launched the E-Pace*, they did so by asking stunt driver Terry Grant to perform a barrel roll in the SUV.
For the new F-Type, the British company partnered with Hot Wheels*. The toy maker created a 1:64 scale model camouflaged F-Type that toured the Jaguar Design Studio on a custom-made 232m long Hot Wheels Track. Sports car makers, take notes please.
If anything, the British firm knows how to heat up a product launch in the best way possible. Coming to the car, it looks smashing. While the earlier car looked different and unique, the new F-Type looks more like the head of the Jaguar family.
It now has the Jaguar corporate face and you can see the link between it and the most inexpensive car sold by the company, the XE. I have to admit, I didn’t like the way it looked at first. However, the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me.
While the previous car looked like a Jaguar on the move, the new F-Type looks like a Jaguar on the hunt. The sleeker headlamps have brought the visual weight downward, giving the car a menacing aura it lacked earlier. Those new sleeker headlamps feature slimline Pixel LED tech and ‘Calligraphy J’ daytime running lights.
The bonnet has been redone in that its bulge is less prominent and the air vents have been relocated. The rectangular grille gets the all-black honeycomb mesh treatment (optional; standard on F-Type R). Below it sits the air dam and two air intakes flank it on either side.
The 10-spoke alloy wheels are the only change you will notice right away on the new car. Those with keen design eye will either like the side profile or loathe it as the sills don’t curve under the car.
Also, the rear haunches do seem more muscular on the new car in comparison to the old one. Lastly, the sides feature new details on the vent. The earlier car had Jaguar written here. The new car features the Jaguar ‘Leaper’ emblem.
At the back, the taillamps have slimmed down. There are twin exhaust ends on either side (on R model only) and the F-Type SVR influence can be seen in the body-coloured diffuser, which has been redone. The taillights get a new chicane LED signature. For a sports car, it visual appeal is everything and the new looks gives loads of appeal to the new F-Type.
The interior of the 2020 Jaguar F-Type doesn’t differ much from its predecessor. The materials look richer and ambient lighting will add some light to the dark cabin (or you can option it in a different colour too). Gone is the flat-bottom steering wheel along with the old instrument cluster.
New for 2020 is a round steering wheel behind which sits an all-new fully digital reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT cluster. In the centre sits the 10-inch Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment unit with three rotary dials. Let’s now talk about the model lineup of the new F-Type
The 2020 Jaguar F-Type P300 is the base model of the lineup. It features LED headlamps, rear parking camera, front and rear parking aids, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels in Gloss Sparkle Silver, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, electrically adjustable steering column, 6-way electrically adjustable sports seats, active sports exhaust, reconfigurable 12.3-inch reconfigurable TFT digital driver display, 10-inch Touch Pro touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Meridian sound system.
To the P300, the F-Type R-Dynamic model adds R-Dynamic body styling, 5 twin-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels in Technical Grey (V6) or 6 twin-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels in Gloss Dark Grey, Ebony leather and suede upholstery, and switchable active exhaust system.
There will be F-Type First Edition model offered for the first year only. Based on the R-Dynamic trim, the First Edition will come packing things like Exterior Design Pack (highlights decked out in Dorchester Grey), black contrast roof, 5-spoke 20-inch wheels finished in Gloss Technical Grey, Nubuck-edged carpet mats, metal treadplates with First Edition branding, 12-way adjustable Windsor Leather Performance seats, instrument cluster wrapped in Alcantara with Monogram embossing, aluminium shift paddles, Engine Spin centre console finisher with First Edition branding, Ebony suede headliner, and three exterior paint options – Sartorini Black, Elger Grey, or Fuji White.
In addition to all that’s on the R-Dynamic trim, the F-Type R tacks on Pixel LED headlamps, R body styling, 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels in Gloss Black, R-branded leather steering wheel and metal treadplates, R-branded aluminium console finish, 12-way electrically adjustable seats with memory function, electronic active differential, toque vectoring by braking, and all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD).
Further customization comes in the form of various packages like Black Exterior Pack. This leaves exterior highlights like grille and window surrounds, front splitter, side vents, rear valence, Jaguar Leaper, and scripting in black. The Exterior Design Pack colours front splitter, side sills, and rear bumper venturi in same colour as the car’s body.
The Black Exterior Design Pack marries the Black Exterior Pack and Exterior Design Pack. It colours front splitter, side sills, and rear bumper venturi in body colour while blacking out grille and window surrounds, side vents, and Jaguar Leaper and scripting.
The Carbon Ceramic Package will equip the 2020 Jaguar F-Type with 395mm carbon ceramic discs up front, and 380mm discs at the back. Also included are 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and Yellow brake calipers. Furthermore, you can have your F-Type decked out in different wheels, ranging from 18-inch to 20-inch sizes, and featuring from 5-spoke to 10-spoke designs. You can equip the car with an aluminium roof, a fixed panoramic roof, or a convertible roof.
The new F-Type can be equipped with silver weave carbon fibre exterior mirror covers, Loadspace luxury carpet mats, and a wind deflector (for convertible models) with a Jaguar-branded stowage bag. More options come in the form of Climate Pack that throws in heating function for steering wheel and windscreen, and dual-zone climate control. The Interior Black Pack features blacked out vents, black surround for instrument cluster, door switches, and door release latches.
Additionally, the steering wheel, switch bezels, and grab handle for centre console are also finished in black. The Interior Luxury Pack features ambient lighting, illuminated treadplates, and extended leather upgrade. Lastly, you can have your new F-Type’s exterior painted in SVO colour palette as well which comprises of colours like Atacama Orange, Velocity Blue, and Sorrento Yellow.
The new 2020 Jaguar F-Type will be available with three engine/gearbox options spread across four trims. The one thing common between them is the use of an eight-speed Quickshift automatic gearbox. The other common point between all trims is their use of force induction (either turbocharger or supercharger). Either model also packs an active exhaust system that is switchable either as standard or as an option. Lastly, either model is available in coupe or convertible form.
The base trim will pack a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine from Ingenium family displacing 2.0 litres. Using technologies like variable intake valve lift, integrated exhaust manifold, and twin-scroll turbocharger with ceramic ball bearing, it makes 300HP power and 400Nm torque.
It propels the car from naught to 100 kmph in less than 6 seconds and on to a top whack of 155mph (248kmph). It features a single quad exhaust outlet placed in the centre of the car. The second trim is called the R-Dynamic. In this trim, the F-Type packs either a 3.0-litre V6 or a 5.0-litre V8.
Available as either an all-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive model, either engine features a supercharger. The V6 engine makes 380HP power and 460Nm torque and with this engine, the car is equipped with mechanical limited-slip differential. The V8 in R-Dynamic application makes 450HP power and 580Nm torque and is available with an electronic active differential.
The top-of-the-range F-Type R model features the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 as the R-Dynamic model. However, in this application, it makes 575HP power and 700Nm torque, up 25HP and 20Nm from the previous model’s V8.
Available as an all-wheel drive model only, it pairs torque on-demand all-wheel drive system with Jaguar’s IDD tech. As a result, it can go from 0-100kmph in less than 4 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph (298kmph).
Unique to the R model are continuously-variable damping system, torque vectoring by braking, optional carbon ceramic brake system with 398mm discs up front and 380mm discs at the rear, and 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels finished in Gloss Black. Additionally, equipping the new F-Type with carbon ceramic brakes will result in a 21kg reduction in unsprung mass.
Either V8 features a new Quiet Start function that uses electrically-actuated bypass valves in the exhaust. Usually, these valves stay closed until they automatically open up under load. You can also open them up manually by selecting Dynamic mode or pressing the switchable exhaust button before firing up the car (if your F-Type comes equipped with the switch).
Per Jaguar, the four-cylinder and V6 engines only will be headed to China. To UK, and the rest of the Europe, the four-cylinder motor and the both V8s (450HP and 575HP) will be available for purchase. in North America and the rest of the world (including India), all three engines will be available – the 2.0-litre inline four, 3.0-litre supercharged V6, and the 5.0-litre 575HP supercharged V8.
Is the 2020 Jaguar F-Type worth consideration?
The 2020 Jaguar F-Type sits atop Jaguar’s lineup as its flagship production model. If you are a fan of the brand and have the money to spare, then considering this car is a no-brainer. The old F-Type was feeling a little too long in the tooth and was in dire need of a refresh.
The new car removes those complaints and gives the F-Type nameplate its edge back. Standing next to, say an Audi R8, it will no longer look out of place. The creature comforts have become a lot better (at least on paper). There is a general air of freshness about the new F-Type.
More importantly, the 2020 Jaguar F-Type offers plethora of drivetrain options to suit different needs and budgets. You need a fire-breathing monster? Go for the F-Type R. You need something that makes a statement but is light on the pocket? Opt for the four-pot motor in your F-Type. Convertible or coupe? Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive? Jaguar has you covered.
The sheer range the F-Type covers is worth your consideration. Depending on your requirements, you can go for the base P300 trim of the F-Type R. Barring a few changes that matter, you get a highly competent car that can hang with the very best. Barring the F-Type R, you can have this car in rear-wheel drive form, which should be a prospect you shouldn’t overlook.
The biggest reason for going with an F-Type is the looming change to hybrid power. In a day and age when fuel economy and emission regulations keep getting more stringent, it is cars like the F-Type that stand to lose the most if their makers don’t adapt. If the XJ’s demise is anything to go by, it may very well be the last time you can get the F-Type with a V8. If that doesn’t make you consider this car, nothing will.
2020 Jaguar F-Type – Specs at a Glance
|Specifications||2020 Jaguar F-Type|
|Price||US $61,600 onward (approx Rs Rs 46.58 lakh at current exchange rate)|
|Engine||Turbocharged, 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder Ingenium petrol/ Supercharged, 3.0-litre V6 petrol/ Supercharged, 5.0-litre V8 petrol|
|Transmission||8-speed Quickshift automatic|
|Front Suspension||Double wishbone setup with coil-over dampers (variable damping system in F-Type R)|
|Rear Suspension||Double wishbone setup with coil-over dampers (variable damping system in F-Type R)|
|Front Brakes||355mm disc brakes (380mm disc brakes in F-Type R)|
|Rear Brakes||325mm disc brakes (376mm disc brakes in F-Type R)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||63 litres/70 litres/70 litres|
*Video links courtesy Jaguar’s YouTube page