The 2014 Jaguar F-Type is still on the show floor at Paris' Mondial de l'Automobile, but the British automaker could be planning a follow-up for the near future.
A coupe version of the F-Type Is a logical addition to the Jaguar lineup, officials noted during the worldwide debut of the F-Type roadster at the 2012 Paris auto show.
Jaguar and its sister brand Land Rover are in the midst of a multi-billion-dollar product development cycle that's already brought a new XJ sedan and the new Range Rover Evoque. Soon, it will replace its current hallmark SUV with a new, aluminum-framed 2013 Range Rover.The new F-Type is a sportscar in the classic mold, larger than the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4, but smaller and lighter than its grand-touring sibling, the Jaguar XK. It's built from aluminum, and sports supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines connected to the rear wheels via an eight-speed, paddle-shifted automatic transmission.
Like the XK and XJ, the F-Type has been conceived in the new Jaguar styling language that only makes veiled references to Jaguar's past. The F-Type's overall proportions are short, not elongated; the overhangs are as brief as possible. The slim taillamps echo those on the fabled E-Type, and the clamshell hood does as well, though it also helps the F-Type perform better in crash testing, says Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum.
"We want twentysomethings to see this car and to say this is a cool brand," he explains.
Above all, the F-Type's design is critical to cast a new light on the brand, especially in America, Callum adds.
"This car is so important for this brand," he says. "This is that emotional center for the brand....it is very much an indulgence."
Jaguar brand vice president David Pryor confirms the company's already amassed 20,000 interested customers for the F-Type roadster well in advance of the first deliveries of cars, not due until next year.
The new 2014 F-Type roadster goes on sale in the U.S. in May 2013, priced from $69,000 for the 340-horsepower supercharged V-6 model, with the 495-hp V-8 model beginning at $92,000.
UPDATE: Our original report included the possibility of an LA Auto Show debut for an F-Type coupe. Jaguar NA officials say no coupe debut is planned.