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The Next Generation Jaguar F-Type Is Going Electric

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No-one should be surprised.

Jaguar is not at all shy about its future electrification plans. Just look at the upcoming I-Pace crossover. And now Jaguar design chief Ian Callum has revealed to Automotive News that plans are in place for an electric next-generation F-Type sports car. "We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually," Callum said. "(Sports cars) are not going to go away." Well, that's a relief, but will a future F-Type with an electrified powertrain still be a proper F-Type? That's the big question.

Based on what we've learned about the upcoming I-Pace, and what EVs are already capable of given all of that instant torque, the future isn't so bleak. Quite the opposite. The key to it, however, is to find a way to maintain specific sports car characteristics, specifically handling, in this new era. But Callum, in general, remains bullish on the sports car's future. "There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports car can, technology being what it is. But there is something very emotional about a sports car that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design." Clearly, Callum gets is.

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Hopefully others do as well. In the meantime, we honestly know very little else about the next-generation F-Type. The current car, which is receiving a refresh for 2018, was launched in 2013, so its successor isn't too far out. Callum didn't state when that new F-Type will arrive, but did reiterate that every new Jaguar "launched after 2020 will have some form of electrification. That is full electric, plug-in hybrid or mild hybrids."

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