Spy photos reveal Jaguar’s upcoming F-Type facelift will bring an extension to the lineup by adding a new entry-level version fitted with a four-cylinder engine.
Porsche introduced the facelifted Cayman last month when the sporty coupe lost two cylinders and gained a turbocharger. It’s powered by a newly developed 2.0-liter with 300 hp (220 kW) in the regular model and 350 hp (257 kW) in the S. Now, Jaguar is preparing an answer to the turbo Cayman by testing an entry-level F-Type which has a four-cylinder engine.
We know for sure the Jaguar prototype was rocking a four-cylinder engine because we checked the car’s license plate with U.K.’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website. That is where we found out the camouflaged prototype was registered on April 1 and had a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine, so obliviously it had only four cylinders.
As for power, the turbo 2.0-liter delivers 240 hp (179 kW) and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) in the XE, but this being a brand new engine from the Ingenium family, there’s likely a lot of room for more punch. Jaguar is probably tweaking the engine to get close to the base 718 Cayman and we are expecting this engine to also be installed in the F-Type Convertible to go after the 718 Boxster.
Besides the smaller engine, you can already see some changes compared to the beefier six- and eight-cylinder F-Type versions. For starters, the wheels are smaller and at the back there’s a centrally-positioned, single exhaust tip featuring a square shape. Our spies are telling us the engine’s roar was different compared to the stronger F-Types and looking at these shots it seems the front and rear bumpers were less aggressive.
Taking into account Jaguar introduced the flagship SVR version of the F-Type only a few months ago, it wouldn’t make sense to come out with the facelift so soon. That’s why we believe the revised model won’t go on sale sooner than the beginning of 2017.