Jaguar’s F-Type Ready For 2018 With Updates And New Additions

Jaguar’s F-Type caused a stir when it was released and now it’s set to do the same with a world first in video technology. Here’s what they have to say.

“Every F-TYPE now features the Touch Pro infotainment system. Its super-fast responses, intuitive tablet-style operation, intelligent navigation functions such as Share ETA and online services such as real-time traffic and live weather reports make every journey more rewarding and put a world of information at the driver’s fingertips.

True enthusiasts will be able to capture and share their driving experiences using the new ReRun app developed in collaboration with GoPro. In a world-first, ReRun combines real-time video from the driver’s GoPro with key vehicle performance data including speed, throttle position, gear selection, braking force and g force. The high quality video – including unique ‘highlights’ sections – can be downloaded to the driver’s smartphone and shared on social media.

The F-TYPE’s award-wining design is stronger and more focused, with clearer visual range differentiation thanks to model-specific front bumpers. Full LED headlights boost visual appeal still further and help improve driver safety and comfort.”

There’s more: a new R-Dynamic model joins the family, with the 250 kilowatt and 280 kilowatt V6s under the redesigned front end. Yep, the F-Type has had a facelift. For the 2018 model year the front end look becomes clearer and more powerful, with LED headlights adding a technological edge, plus the running lights have double duty, with indicators now their other function. Those headlights have been colour temperature keyed to be 5600 – 6000 Kelvin, giving a natural daytime look along with improving the reach of the lights ahead of the car.
Inside, lightweight slimline seats (with Jaguar saying 8 kilos have been saved) deliver more style, more room and greater comfort. A harmonious selection of new interior finishes and materials give the F-TYPE a more exotic feel.

The F-TYPE’s grille shape and graphic are unchanged, remaining – as ever – key elements in the sports car’s design DNA. However, for the 2018 model year, designers paid particular attention to the bumpers, introducing bolder surfaces and simpler forms with discreet signature features subtly enhancing the front end form, providing greater differentiation across the model range, from the F-TYPE up to the F-TYPE SVR.

In place of its predecessor’s double ‘shark gill’ apertures, the new F-TYPE features large, powerful single apertures with a lozenge mesh design. Building on this design theme, the F-TYPE R-Dynamic models gain Gloss Black bezels.

To help celebrate the update, Jaguar will release a new model, available for just 12 months. To mark the introduction of the new F-TYPE range Jaguar has developed the exclusive 400 SPORT launch edition, which will go on sale worldwide but for one model year only. Power from the new 294 kilowatt, or (hence the name)400PS version of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine is complemented by an uprated chassis comprising the Super Performance braking system, Configurable Dynamics and 20-inch wheels with a unique Dark Satin Grey finish.

Distinctive Yellow and Dark Satin Grey 400 SPORT badges on the rear of the car and on the front splitter hint at the extra power concealed beneath the clamshell bonnet and perfectly complement the choice of Indus Silver, Santorini Black and Yulong White metallic paint. Interior design elements include 400 SPORT branding in the centre console, steering wheel, treadplates and embroidered headrests. Yellow contrast stitching features throughout the cabin.

Jaguar have also added a semi automated parking facility; ultrasonic sensors read potential parking spaces for length and if suitable will steer the car in once the driver has engaged Reverse. Throttle and brake are also controlled by the system.

Pricing and further details will be released for the Australian market in the early part of Q2, 2017, ahead of the car’s launch in the latter part of Q2.

(With thanks to Jaguar UK and Jaguar Australia.)

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