By on December 3, 2019

Jaguar has revealed its facelifted 2021 F-Type, offering a sleeker body and angrier mug. Headlamps are now oriented horizontally, possessing the LED accenting we saw on the Vision Gran Turismo concept. The rest is more-or-less what you’d expect from the brand. Some of the curves have been smoothed out, an industry trend this writer has very mixed feelings about. But nobody screwed the pooch here. The F-Type remains an exceptionally attractive vehicle, intent on grabbing everyone’s attention without being obnoxiously flamboyant.

Overall, it’s a comprehensive update that transforms the vehicle without making it feel alien or desperate. You might even be fooled into thinking it was entirely new — which is the whole point of a mid-cycle refresh. 

While smaller head-and-tail lamps do a lot to give the British two-seater a new persona on the outside, the interior hasn’t changed much. Considering the vast amount of customizability Jaguar already offers, this is a non-issue. But the manufacturer has saw fit to include a new 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster with multiple display themes. There are also some new material options (depending on which seats you get), but none of it is likely to be free.

Ditto for the paint, which Jag said comes in 16 different hues (32 if you also count the different finishes). Most of the wheel designs will be carried over from the previous model year, but the manufacturer does plan on giving the F-Type it’s own set of 20 inchers with an extra 10 millimeters of width in order to help the coupe lay (Pirelli P Zero) rubber more effectively.

General enhancements have been applied to the model’s suspension and electrically assisted power steering have both been gently massaged to create a more connected feel between car and driver. The rear suspension now employs aluminum (Jaguar’s favorite metal) knuckles that work in tandem with larger wheel bearings and revised upper ball joints. Jaguar claimed this increased camber and toe stiffness by 37 percent and 41 percent, respectively. Jag also improved its torque vectoring (via braking) system to help banish unwanted understeer while tossing on some new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars.

Having driven one of the older models from 2016 (directly below), ditching some of the initial understeer is probably a blessing for most drivers. The car was hoot but frequently went wide into corners before starting to rotate — often quickly and to my surprise.

Jaguar F-Type 4cyl

This absolutely can be managed by any competent driver who eases into the car’s limits but Jaguar has done quite a bit to make the car more predictable over the years. It would be interesting to see how the 2021 F-Type stacks up against the introductory units in a direct comparison.

Powertrains are all holdovers, with the top-tier V8 providing more oomph than ever before. The base 2.0-liter offers 296 horsepower and a claimed zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Climbing the ladder will have you sitting in a supercharged V6 delivering 380 hp with mandatory all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the 5.0-liter V8 found on the R has been sweetened to crank out 575 hp and 516 foot-pounds — numbers that were previously exclusive to the SVR Coupé. JLR said to expect 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds.

Jaguar has also decided to offer an F-Type First Edition variant for the refresh. Based on the R-Dynamic model it automatically receives the exterior design package in Dark Satin Grey and five-spoke, 20-inch Gloss Technical Gray with Contrast Diamond Turned finish wheels. Paint choices are limited to Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Fuji White.

Pricing and availability for the 2021 Jaguar F-Type are currently a mystery but it should go on sale sometime next year. We don’t imagine MSRP to climb by much, leaving the base price somewhere around $63,000. Though that sum can easily double if you’re interested in the big engine and some of the slicker options.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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10 Comments on “2021 Jaguar F-Type: Refreshed and Refined...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    It’s this sort of eye candy that is destroying Jaguar.

    They moved only 2200 of these in the US last year, and 21k over the course of the last 6 years combined. It’s hard to profitably amortize development costs (and warranty costs) over such low volume.

    • 0 avatar

      Disagree completely.

      HERE is what’s destroying Jaguar:

      They’re now selling stupid Hyundai Tucson lookalikes with ****cloth seats**** with a $42,000 asking price. I saw that very car on the lot not too long ago and couldn’t f*cking believe it. Scroll through the pictures if you have a strong stomach.

      If they want to sell stuff like this, then fine – make it look and feel like it’s worth $40,000. Put some chrome, wood and leather in the damn thing.

      • 0 avatar

        I think you’re both right. No way they’re not underwater pushing a car with Ferrari volume at Audi prices. And with development costs being front-loaded they took a beating on opportunity cost with a 6 year run to date WITH refresh. Though the cheaped out SUV isn’t “opportunity” and damages whatever cachet the name once had.

        • 0 avatar

          They might well be underwater on every one of these they sell, but it does serve a VERY useful purpose: it’s a real Jaguar. It sexes up the rest of the showroom floor, and if you’re trying to ask $45,000 for what amounts to a loaded up Escape, you need all the sexing-up you can get.

      • 0 avatar

        Even the lowliest Hyundai would be shamed by that interior.

      • 0 avatar

        Agree. Looks like a Hyundai. Enter brand damage. The sleek designs that Jag is known for can’t be crammed into a CUV. A total bean-counter creation.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah, wow. My 2016 Highlander looks considerably more upscale inside than that.

      • 0 avatar

        I have no love at all for the E-Pace, but at least Jag only sells about 340 of them a month in the US. That’s close to I-Pace territory (which is much more expensive although also much better), about what the F-Type did from ’14-’17 (which again is much more expensive and much better), and WAY behind their F-Pace volume seller. The E-Pace is one of the few CUVs that is experiencing market rejection.

  • avatar

    They changed nothing but the headlights; it looks like someone sat on it and squished the eyes closed.

  • avatar

    Y’all are a bunch of crabby pants. This car looks gorgeous.

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