Next Jaguar F-Type to switch to mid-engine layout, dubbed J-Type – report

September 4, 2018

The next Jaguar F-Type, rumoured to be called the J-Type, is set to come in as a proper supercar according to a report, switching to a mid-engine layout with a focus on higher speeds and wow factor.

According to a recent Auto Express report from the UK, Jaguar is currently developing the next-gen F-Type. It’s understood Jaguar wants to take a bite in the serious end of the market and take on the likes of the McLaren Sports Series models and the Honda NSX, in the entry-level supercar market.

Rumours of a J-Type have been around for a while now, but it was thought to come in as a high-end supercar separate to the F-Type. However, Jaguar is now reportedly looking to jump up a rung with the F-Type and go for the super sports market segment instead. At the moment the F-Type is regarded as a high-end sports car, rivalling the likes of the Porsche 911.

Power is set to come from a new hybrid system, potentially incorporating two electric motors for four-wheel drive, with a mid-mounted V6 behind the cabin. There’s also a chance Jaguar will launch a fully electric version down the track, building on from the soon-to-launch (in Australia) I-PACE fully electric crossover.

Unlike the F-Type, the next model is set to take on a much sleeker design profile thanks to the mid-engine configuration. Expect a longer rear end from the roof, encompassing the engine, with a lower nose and more angular A-pillar. Due to the big shift in layout and profile, it’s believed Jaguar will jump to a new name.

A J-Type trademark was found earlier this year, submitted by Jaguar. This leads many to believe the new model could adopt such a name. Either way, the car isn’t likely to launch until around 2022.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.