It's hard to believe that the Jaguar F-Type has been on sale since the 2014 model year as the sultry sports car is still one of the best-looking options in its segment.
Jaguar is now working on a major update for the car, with electrification, a digital dash, and revised styling all in the pipeline.
Autocar on Thursday posted spy shots of a prototype that reveals the updated car will sport slimmer, wraparound headlights instead of the current model's tapered design. The hood and front fascia will also be massaged to fit the new lights, while at the rear the taillights will be tweaked to match the design on the updated 2020 XE.
Jaguar Land Rover inline-6 engine
The British publication also reported that Jaguar will finally ditch the supercharged V-6 used in the F-Type in favor of an electrified inline-6 powertrain that's already been announced by Land Rover for some 2020 models. In the 2020 Range Rover, the powertrain offers outputs of 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque in P360 guise and 395 hp and 406 lb-ft in P400 guise.
The powertrain is a mild-hybrid setup combining a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 with a beefed-up electric starter motor that can aid the engine during high loads and recover energy under braking and coasting. There's also an electric compressor that helps build boost pressure before revs rise and the conventional turbocharger takes over.
Unfortunately, the replacement of the old V-6 may mean the end of a manual transmission in the F-Type, as the engine is the sole unit currently offered with the 3-pedal option.
2020 Jaguar F-Type Checkered Flag Edition
As for the interior, Autocar reported that a digital instrument cluster will finally make its way into the F-Type, along with an updated infotainment system with a larger touchscreen display. More electronic driver aids should also feature in the car.
The updated F-Type is expected on the market in 2020, meaning we'll likely see it arrive as a 2021 model.
The changes will allow Jaguar to bide its time until a successor can be developed, possibly with a battery-electric powertrain. It's a good call as Jaguar Land Rover this week announced a $4.6 billion loss for the previous financial year, meaning the automaker must focus on more profitable models in the immediate future.