When Jaguar first showcased the F-Type facelift to the world, let’s just say the first reactions weren’t all that good. People (including me) were in LOVE with the first gen F-Type so much that it was almost impossible to accept anything less than that. After all, it was designed by Ian Callum.
But, this new facelift tries to ‘modernise’ the original F-Type, if you will. And well, when has modernising anything not so old, gone well? Bollywood music remixes everyone! So, the world wasn’t exactly able to understand the design. Coming over to the design of the car, it is the same as before. Same flowing silhouette with those muscular rear haunches and the perfectly done cockpit design.
Although, the newer front end has the J-blade head lights instead of the old ones, in order to be in line with Jaguar’s latest design language. The tail lights are also quite sleeker than before. The new profile of the car gives it a more longer and wider look. The redesigned front grille and bumper now sit much lower than before as well which accentuates the wider look. And THIS overall change majorly at the front is the cause of all the hate for this face lift. If you ask me though, I like the design. I like it better more than the new Corvette C8. For the price it is asking everywhere in the world, it is a pretty good sports car. Although, the price it asks in India is where the problem lies.
You see, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe starts at around $61,600 in the USA. This translates to Rs. 48 lacs and if you add the delivery costs and everything else, you can get one from Rs. 50 lacs. Move over to India, we have it starting at Rs. 95.12 lacs EX-SHOWROOM. All thanks to the taxation system of our country which lets everyone enjoy these amazing pieces of engineering. (Pun Intended!). Anyway, the top of the line is priced at Rs. 2.42 crores and well, you can have almost TWO BMW M5s for that price. And did I mention that the soft top convertible starts at a measly Rs. 1.03 crores? Yeah! It does.
With the update, Jaguar also chose to ditch the V6 version of the F-Type leaving just two engine options to choose from. There is now a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo-petrol making 300hp and 400Nm of torque (P300) and a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in two performance tunes. The less powerful V8 is the P450 with 450hp and 580Nm of torque, and the range-topping V8 is the P575 with 575hp and 700Nm. And you must be able to see my problem with this car. Rs. 96.12 lakh for a 4 cylinder engine producing just 300HP.
Yes, the interiors are now updated with a 12.3 inch infotainment and all the bells and whistles. Yes, the car looks like the sexiest vehicle on the planet. Yes, it still sounds like the best V8 on the planet. But, the pricing of the base variant is MUCH more than the 5.0 litre Mustang’s pricing. Heck! You can get a BMW M5 or the Mercedes AMG models for quite less. The base variant will set you back over Rs. 1.1 crore on the road and for that money, you can have the upcoming A45 AMG from Mercedes along with a luxury SUV or sedan and probably still have enough left for a latest iPhone.
To bring things in context, the A45’s engine is also a 4 cylinder but it makes 416 HP. It also has the latest infotainment from Mercedes, comfortable backseats AND a boot. But, most importantly, it comes at half the price of the base variant of the Jaguar F-Type. Similarly, the current gen BMW M5 Competition comes in at Rs. 1.54 crores ex-showroom and offers 616 HP below your right foot. It also has 2 LUXURIOUS rear seats, all the bells and whistles in terms of tech and a boot big enough for a family trip. Jaguar’s sales in India have been abysmal and this makes it even more painful to watch.