Shortly after Jaguar announced that the production F-Type will be coming to market in mid-2013, we sat down with Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Global Brand Director, to discuss some of the finer points of the new sub-XK sports car. The F-Type is more or less the production version of the C-X16 concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but instead of sticking to the concept's coupe body style, Jaguar said that the production F-Type will launch as a two-seat roadster. But that doesn't mean a coupe isn't coming.

Jaguar "certainly won't stick to just a convertible. If you get a convertible right, it's easy to do a coupe."

"C-X16 was a vision car," Hallmark stated. The intent of C-X16 was to show off a new design language, and it's easier to completely realize the full capacity of a new styling direction on a coupe body style rather than on a roadster. But when we asked Hallmark about the possibility of a hardtop F-Type, his response was that Jaguar "certainly won't stick to just a convertible. If you get a convertible right, it's easy to do a coupe."

Jaguar's director of design, Ian Callum, added that there are no plans to offer a folding hardtop version of the F-Type roadster – it will use a standard soft top. A folding hardtop "would ruin the shape of the car," Callum told us.

As we reported earlier, the F-Type will use a new powertrain family, possibly previewed by the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and electric motor combination found under the hood of the C-X16 concept. Hallmark stated that in terms of driver involvement and performance, the F-Type "will start where the XKR-S finishes, even with less power." In other words, the F-Type will be more of a focused sports car rather than a luxury GT. As for pricing, Hallmark stated that the F-Type will be priced below the XK but above competitors like the Porsche Boxster/Cayman, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Moving away from the F-Type, Hallmark spoke briefly about plans to add all-wheel drive into the Jaguar lineup. "We're very interested in all-wheel drive," he stated, later adding that the company will likely offer it in its next-generation products rather than fitting it to the vehicles that are currently available. Hallmark assured us that it will be "not more than two years" until we see an all-wheel-drive Jag, and that prototype vehicles are already in the on-road testing phase.


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      doejoe7hiya
      • 2 Years Ago
      "A folding hardtop "would ruin the shape of the car," Callum told us" I love Ian's commitment to design and beauty!
      Jameskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jaguar, please make a manual version! If not, please make a manual XK! You are neglecting us strictly manual car buyers. We are a minority, but we are the ones who talk about cars!
      Durishin
      • 2 Years Ago
      How could anyone comment as to the beauty - or lack thereof - of this car? Who can see its lines under all the f'ing "fs" on it? Further, the Cx was a coupe' this is a drop-head. What will it be comparable to in overall length? A Miata? A Cayman? A 1-er or a 3-er? A BRZ?
      wxs5
      • 2 Years Ago
      No doubt this is gonna be looker.
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      That paint job is horrific, like WW II "dazzle paint on the troop carriers. Ughhhhh.....
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buckingham's
        Such amazing commentary! Thank you for contributing. ...sheesh...
        JAMAICA JOE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buckingham's
        That is a peel off that stays until it is revealed.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      A folding hardtop "would ruin the shape of the car," Uh-huh, because that ragtop is a pinnacle of grace and fully completes the design flow of the car...
        JAMAICA JOE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        The soft gives too muvh wind noise. I owned the SL500 and the 3251. Too much wind noise.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a hideous monstrosity compared to the cx-16. So what? A baby xk!?!?!?!? After showing us the cx-75, then the cx-16 the thing we see nearing production has almost nothing in common with those two beauties. What a joke. The cx-16 is now junked for this AND they refused to take and build the bertone designed small sedan from almost two years ago. I am glad I never set my on either one or I'd be sick. It's too bad. I know the whole line of cars would look VERY strange all together if the cx-16 and the bertone-designed sedan were next to the xk and xj and xf but that would be easily dealt with by never putting them all together in the dealerships. Sigh
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        It's clear you have no idea what you are typing about. Your comments don't even make sense. You're a joke. This prototype is covered in cammo tape. Half the headlights are hidden. It actually looks very much like the C-X16 (not cx-16) concept in person. The Bertone concept, though pretty, was an uncommissioned and poorly timed attempt by that design house to rekindle a relationship with Jaguar, just after Calluum's new designs had gained momentum and industrywide acceptance. It would have been a step backwards at that point.
        JAMAICA JOE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        Calm down. There is room for all taste.
        JAMAICA JOE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        Calm down, there is room for all tastes.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ZenDriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      I understand this will be closer to a Cayman in size. I'm sure they tested it against that car on the track. I just hope it handles as well or better than the Cayman, and miles better than the z4 or z5 roadsters. It sure sounded nice on the video.
      Joey Franklin
      • 2 Years Ago
      The boxster/cayman have reasonable base prices but the options put them out of reach for a lot of people. I really dont see why this car should start for much more than 50k.
      Alex Fischer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay!!!!! If its at all like the concept, its gonna be soooooooo pretty!
      JAMAICA JOE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love it. Hope it will come in a hard top convertible that is sunken. I never bought the Juguar convertible before because the soft top used to sit on top while retracted, you could still see it. That went away a few years ago. Hope this will develop into a 8cyl. and provide a modest growl.
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