Jaguar F-Type – Now available for less cash (in the US)

Jag F Type 2016

Jaguar North America today announced it will expand the price range of the F-TYPE lineup in the U.S. for the 2017 model year to include new entry-level coupe and convertible models which lower the introductory price of the F-TYPE Coupe & Convertible to $61,400  and$65,400 respectively.

The new entry model F-TYPE will feature a supercharged 340-hp 3.0L V6 mated to the 6-speed manual transmission. Entry models with rear-wheel drive and Quickshift automatic transmission configurations will also be available. The new derivatives come standard with a fixed metal roof in the coupe configuration and a new 6-way adjustable partially electric seat, as well as new standard features such as a valet mode and solar attenuating windshield glass. On an equipment adjusted basis, this new model represents an overall savings of about $1,700 over the previous model year F-TYPE and gives customers a new lower price point for getting into the vehicle.

The F-TYPE continues to come standard with important features such as the Meridian™ 770W surround sound audio system, navigation, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, leather and suedecloth finished sport seats and Jaguar InControl® Apps™. Further options can be outfitted on F-TYPE models individually or with a new Premium trim/option package.

Building on the expanded product line-up and more competitive pricing, every 2017 model year F-TYPE and all 2017 Jaguar models will come standard with Jaguar EliteCare coverage for added peace of mind. First announced for the 2016 model year, Jaguar EliteCare is a best-in-class2 ownership package offering a new vehicle limited warranty with complimentary scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance and Jaguar InControl® Protect & RemoteTM for five-years or 60,000 miles – whichever comes first.

2016 Jaguar XJ – Details Announced

Jag XJ 2016 Portfolio Edition

Even though English cars typically don’t work too well (personal experience as the Range Rover Sport is currently receiving a brand new engine after 3 years and less than 35k miles of work), I’m still a fan. Jaguar has typically always verged on the driver side of the handling equation, even with it’s big models, and having had the opportunity to briefly drive one of the previous models, I’d have to say the weight reduction program and suspension tuning where definitely what I’d be interested in if I was buying a big car.

So today, Jag announces the 2016 model – a mild refresh of the exterior (along with some optional packages to spice things up a little), a thankfully new entertainment system (the old one was the same as the one in our RR and to say it’s a little slow is something of an understatement). Lots of details below if you’re interested.

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Featuring a new, more progressive look, the exterior of the 2016 XJ incorporates an updated front fascia that includes a larger, more upright grille with a new mesh pattern, a subtly redesigned front bumper and newly sculpted chrome blades in the lower air intakes.  Underscoring its dynamic on-road performance, XJR models are distinguished with a black trim package that includes the addition of a black front grille, black lower air intake surrounds and black window surrounds.

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Inside, standard wheelbase XJ models feature soft grain perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, contrast piping and an embossed leaper on the headrests. XJ R-Sport models retain the previous model year’s 8×8-way power front seats plus 4-way lumbar adjustments, while XJ Supercharged models are fitted with 14×14-way power seats that include 4-way lumbar support, allowing drivers to tailor the seating position and comfort to their own liking. 14×14-way seats will also be available on XJ R-Sport models as part of the Comfort Pack that bundles the increased adjustment features with front seat massagers, passenger memory, 4-zone A/C and an electric rear sunblind.

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The new XJ offers the familiar Jaguar range of all-aluminum V6 and V8 engines. Each featuring direct injection, variable valve timing, forced induction and intelligent stop-start systems which deliver high performance with enhanced efficiency. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 develops 340hp and 332 lb-ft of toque and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. Characterized by its linear power delivery and free-revving nature, this engine also delivers a unique soundtrack thanks to meticulously-tuned intake and exhaust systems. The 5.0-liter supercharged V8 continues to be offered in 470hp and 550hp variants, delivering all of the performance promised by the dramatic styling of the XJ. All powertrains feature a specifically-optimized eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF®.

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For 2016, the XJ is equipped with InControl Touch Pro™, an all-new infotainment system designed to be simple and intuitive. Conceived in-house and built around a quad-core Intel processor, 60GB solid-state drive and a next-generation Ethernet network, InControl Touch Pro can handle large amounts of data and is exceptionally powerful and responsive. The centerpiece of the system is its eight-inch capacitive touch-screen that works more like a modern smartphone, than an automotive infotainment system. The home screen can be customized selecting one of several available wallpaper images, widgets offer shortcuts to favorite features and functions, and additional home pages can be added, if desired. The touch-screen responds to common ‘pinch to zoom’ and ‘swipe’ gestures allowing drivers to scroll between home screens. Using this technology, the simple, intuitive user interface of the InControl Touch Pro system is designed to minimize driver distraction. Jaguar has also incorporated a secondary full-screen navigational display in the vehicle’s updated instrument cluster, improving line of sight driving and reducing the amount of time a driver needs to take his eyes off the road.

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The functionality of the navigation system is just as impressive. Maps stored on the 60GB solid-state drive of the InControl Touch Pro system can be accessed quicker than with conventional hard drives. Dead-reckoning functionality accurately determines the vehicle’s position even when GPS signals cannot be received. InControl Touch Pro enables door-to-door route planning and guidance, including public transportation options. A companion app allows drivers to plan their route offline and load it into the system at the start of the journey. Once the driver exits the car and the phone is disconnected from the vehicle, the app will continue to provide navigational directions, if need be, on the driver’s phone. A new Commute Mode has also been developed which learns the driver’s daily commute to and from the home or office and can automatically offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information. Approach Mode displays a 360-degree interactive view of the driver’s surroundings on the infotainment screen as they get to within 656ft (200m) of their destination, and can even direct the driver to the nearest available parking space.

Jaguar F-Type – Available in 4-wheel drive soon

286422_ftype-awd_carJust in case you lived in somewhere like say Colorado, and weren’t quite sure all that nice, noisy power was appropriate for our winter months, Jaguar has kindly helped address your concerns with the announcement of a shiny new 4-wheel drive version.

“Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-TYPE was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability.” – Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Jaguar spun up a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO for short) group last year (Harry Metcalfe of Evo fame went over there). They’ve stayed pretty quiet until they had something to shout about, so coinciding with the Speed Festival at Goodwood, news of a major first project is trickling out, along with this video. I would suggest you turn it up loud….

Jag F-Type Coupe Super Bowl Ad

I don’t want to turn this site into a bunch of Super Bowl ads, but Jaguar sent me a nice email pointing this one out, and given it’s very British flavo(u)r and the awesome sound of the Jag engine, it was just too much to ignore. Turning the volume up would be a good option

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Released

Jag F-Type Coupe RAnd the big surprise right out of the gate (given we all knew it was going to look absolutely drop dead gorgeous) is that Jaguar have the good sense to release the R model up front with the expected V6 and V8 S versions. There’s going to be more pics and details released this week at the auto show (not just the bits and pieces that came out last night for the VIP party release), but the important things to note are – released for sale in the US in Spring 2014, and watch this video (preferably with the sound turned way up).

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Update:
And now we have the full press release, with the important details being prices 🙂 Porsche is going to be fretting a little given the reviews the new 911 has been getting and this model coming right inbetween prices for that and the Cayman S (with the necessary option boxes ticked)

F-TYPE Coupe $65,000
F-TYPE S Coupe $77,000
F-TYPE R Coupe $99,000

At a glance details from Jaguar:

  • Originally penned as the C-X16 concept car by Ian Callum, the F-TYPE Coupe brings that concept car design to reality
  • The new F-TYPE Coupe model line-up is headlined by the F-TYPE R Coupe, with a 550hp 5-liter supercharged V8 engine, enabling acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and a top speed of 186 mph (limited)2
  • The F-TYPE Coupe is built on a rigid bonded and riveted all-aluminum platform
  • Second-generation Electronic Active Differential3and All-new Torque Vectoring system3 to deliver enhanced agility and handling at the limit
  • V6-powered models complete the range, powered by 380hp and 340hp 3-liter supercharged V6 engines, giving 0-60 mph2in 4.8/5.1 seconds and top speeds of 171 and 161 mph respectively
  • An optional Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) braking system – featuring 398/380mm (15.7/15-inch) discs front/rear will be available after introduction
  • ZF Eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission with full manual sequential control via steering wheel-mounted paddles or the central
  • SportShift lever
  • The F-TYPE Coupe has ample trunk space – easily accommodating two sets of golf clubs – with an available power assisted tailgate
  • The F-TYPE Coupe complements the “2013 World Car Design of the Year” winner, the F-TYPE Convertible
  • The F-TYPE Coupe range adds to the existing three-car F-TYPE Convertible model line-up; the V6-engined F-TYPE (340hp) and F-TYPE S (380hp), and the F-TYPE V8 S (495hp), which launched last year

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Jaguar F Type Coupe Almost announced, or more correctly put, the announcement of the announcement has been released. But it’s going to be pretty good looking I imagine, and combined with the decent reviews the convertible has had, is probably one of the most anticipated releases of 2014.

“The Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe will make its global debut on November 19 at a Los Angeles VIP customer and media event, the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, and on the show floor on November 20 at the Los Angeles and Tokyo Motor Shows.

The all-aluminum F-TYPE Coupe range will deliver in production form the uncompromised design vision of the Jaguar C-X16 concept, and will complement the existing F-TYPE Convertible, winner of the 2013 ‘World Car Design of the Year’ award. The F-TYPE Coupe will go on sale in North America in spring 2014.”

Lana Del Rey Music Video or a Jag F-Type Ad?

I’m not sure, but I don’t think I care too much. Either way it’s a goodie

Jaguar F-Type – First Review (kind of)

So the first couple of Jaguars are out in the wild, and if you didn’t hear the rumblings and grumblings last week on Twitter from various car journalists, they’re not allowed to drive it. But they are allowed to sit in the passenger seat while a Jaguar paid professional gives them a blast around the British countryside. I guess they’re still fine tuning everything before the official versions go out, so this is a way to keep the excitement going while that happens. Or something. Jag F-Type Road

So the nice guys over at Top Gear have their first “review” from the non-steering wheel side. As you can imagine, it’s tough to get a really good feel for how the thing drives without being in control of the bits that make it steer, stop and go, but the summary is it’s a little harder core than they were expecting (in a good way). Hop over and check it out for yourself.

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar have officially launched the much anticipated F Type – their little 2 seater convertible sports car. It comes in 3 engine flavors – 3 litre Supercharged V6 (first seen in I think in the recent update to the Jag XJ over in the UK if I’m not mistaken – it got great reviews) in both 340 and 380 bhp tune, and a supercharged V8 pushing out 495 bhp. Pricing in the US (without any options) are $69k, $81k and $92k respectively. That puts it into some pretty high territory, and looks like it might price it significantly above the new Porsche Boxster base prices – of course, things can change dramatically depending on which option boxes you check. Latest reports are that it will be available next summer (2013) as a 2014 model, so get yourself down to your Jag dealer quickly if you fancy one.