Jaguar’s hotly anticipated new F-type sports car will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
The show car will be the first time the two-seater convertible will appear in production form, following a camouflaged appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this summer.
Jaguar has confirmed that the F-type will be available with three petrol engines when it goes on sale in summer 2013.
There will be 3.0-litre supercharged V6s in 335bhp and 375bhp power outputs, and a new version of the current supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
All three engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and come with engine stop/start technology.
These three engines are likely to be all that is on offer to start with – the hybrid powertrain from the C-X16 concept car which paved the way for the F-type, isn’t planned to join the production line-up any time soon.
The F-type will slot in beneath the XK in the Jaguar range.
It is expected the F-Type will adhere to the general dimensions of the C-X16 which meant the car sat considerably lower than the larger XK model while also being shorter but wider.
Entry-level 3.0-litre V6 models are expected to start at around £55,000, and will be a rival for top-spec versions of the Porsche Boxster.
Pricier models will compete with the Porsche 911 Cabriolet. A coupe version will be added to the range at a later date.
The F-Type will be produced at its Castle Bromwich plant.
When the concept was unveiled it was hailed by some as the spiritual successor to the legendary E-type but the comparisons were played down by Jaguar’s director of design Ian Callum who, at the time, said: “The E-type is rightly held to be iconic but it is the public that create icons. Jaguar is not aiming to build an ‘icon’ and the E-type is something that can never be recreated.”
Explaining the design philosophy behind the car he added: “Style, presence and the sense it is taking a bold step forwards.
“The greatest Jaguars have always been forward-looking. The proportions of the car are pure Jaguar with a long bonnet and a short rear overhang.”
Earlier this year Jaguar’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark said the process to put the model into production had been fast-forwarded following a rapturous response to the concept car.
He said: “Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long.”
The unveiling of the F-type comes on the back of another successful year for Jaguar Land Rover after posting pre-tax profits of £333 million during the first quarter of 2012 - a 32 per cent increase on the same period in 2011.
The result reflects a 34 per cent increase in sales with the firm selling 83,452 vehicles globally to generate revenues of more than £3.68 billion - an increase of £935 million on 2011.
The firm says its growth is being driven by the continued success of the Range Rover Evoque but also the refreshed Jaguar XF.
Profit margins have also improved reflecting a strong sales mix and a favourable exchange rate environment.
Last year JLR made a record £1.5 billion profit and Land Rover recently celebrated a 62 per cent increase in its UK sales in July.
So far this year a total of 29,511 Land Rover vehicles have been sold in the UK, representing an increase of 33.7 per cent compared to 2011.
Jaguar’s UK sales in July fell by just under eight per cent, the Castle Bromwich-based car maker selling 892 vehicles compared to 966 in July 2011.
But the firm’s sales overall in 2012 remain buoyant at 7,999 - an increase of 1.85 per cent compared to 2011.