The Jaguar E-Type celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And it seems about that long now that its rebirth has been in the making. Or at least the rumormill.

While the XK might to some seem like its successor, the luxury coupe is considerably heftier and more sedate, much as there is to love about it. A sportier model to slot in below it – in terms of both price and size – has been touted for some time, and now it appears to be nearing its manifestation at long last.

The sketch above and the press release after the jump represent the first Officially Official confirmation from Jaguar of its plans for a new sportscar – if only in "production concept" form for now. Dubbed C-X16, it looks taut (like a tiger, er... jaguar) and ready to pounce on the Porsche Cayman et al.

The concept coupe is slated for debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, after which we're promised a production version. So come, all ye faithful, and witness the return of the E-Type – or at least something like it. Click past the jump for a brief teaser video and the official press release.

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Jaguar Reveals Preview of Concept Vehicle to Debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

MAHWAH, N.J., August, 16, 2011 - The Jaguar C-X16 production concept will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13.

Designed by the same team that produced the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK, headed by Jaguar's Design Director Ian Callum, the C-X16 concept is a precursor to future Jaguar sports cars that will aim to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology.

As the concept neared completion Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars commented, "Great Jaguar cars have always been beautiful, innovative and have looked firmly to the future. The finished C-X16 concept has the potential to do these things while retaining the ability to surprise, excite and invigorate."

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars commented, "Jaguar has set in place bold, ambitious plans for the future. This production concept demonstrates the depth of design and engineering ability we have within Jaguar to make these plans come to life. I look forward to sharing this latest, exciting step at the Frankfurt Motor Show."

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