I thought I didn't like the 2021 Jaguar F-Type, until I took a second look
The F-Type redesign is polarizing, but it's wise to let the dust settle before you make a determination
When the F-Type was revealed back in 2012, it took the world by storm. It was a gorgeous car with a futuristic design language, muscular proportions, and glorious powertrain options. It seemed worthy of its place as the successor to the legendary E-Type.
These days its clear that the F-Type is in desperate need of an update. The design has essentially remained the same since 2013 with only minor improvements here and there. The car now looks awkwardly proportioned when placed next to some of the low slung coupes of today.
Feeling the pressure, Jaguar has today announced the refreshed 2021 F-Type, with a more modern design and simplified powertrain options. The 4-cylinder stays in the lineup but there's only one V6 available instead of two differently specced variants. Jaguar has also removed the SVR model, which won't be necessary anyways considering the R trim will have the same raucous 575hp V8. All models now come with an 8-Speed automatic as the only option.
Photo Credit to Chris Turek
Let the dust settle....
Car redesigns are almost always polarizing; take the 2015 Mustang redesign for example. At first, it was met with fierce criticism and contempt, but today it's credited as one of Ford's best design decisions in decades. It's brought the Mustang from middle-aged nostalgia to modern day muscle car and has gained the respect of young automotive enthusiasts who prefer more European design language.
The redesigned F-Type does well to bring the vehicle into the next decade while improving on what already worked. The front end has new sleek horizontal lights instead of the aging vertical lights, yet the rear end remains mostly the same. The taillights are every bit as recognizable, but they now sport a more digital look.
At first I really didn't like the new F-Type's styling. I thought it looked too similar to some of Jaguar's other models, which I frankly don't like very much. However, after spending some time away from the photos and coming back, it's grown on me. As was the case with the Mustang, I just need to see one in person to make my final determination.