US: 2017 Jaguar F-Type comes with downed entry price, new base model image

The Jaguar F-Type luxury coupe has always been a great British automobile but the Jaguar Land Rover marquee has had a hard time lifting sales due to the high asking price.

Now the UK brand has been hard at work repositioning its models on the US market, and among the changes they have also revealed the introduction of the 2017 F-Type with an all new base model coming in coupe and roadster form and with a lower entry-level price. While being cheaper than the outgoing version, the new F-Type has more standard equipment inside – such as a solar attenuating windshield, a valet mode and a partially electric driver’s seat. We also saw leather / suede cloth seats, and infotainment system with GPS navigation and a Meridian surround sound system. Also coming is the new Jaguar EliteCare coverage that comes with free of charge limited warranty, complimentary scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance and the Jaguar InControl Protect & Remote service for 60,000 miles or five years.

The F Type in coupe or roadster form will have under the hood a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine coming with 340 bhp (253 kW) and 332 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. That’s enough to jump to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and to reach a maximum speed of 161 mph (259 km/h). The new base price for the entry-level variant in coupe form will be of $61,400 (excluding the $995 destination charge) and in roadster form of $65,400 – that’s down $3,600 and $2,700 respectively from the outgoing models.