While there have been countless rumors about the next-generation F-Type, the publication is bucking the rumor mill by saying the model will remain front-engined. While have a handful of reports have claimed the car will be mid-engined, Car says that’s an entirely different model altogether.
Regardless, the publication says the 2020 F-Type will ride an updated aluminum architecture which will reportedly be called the D7b evolution. Details are limited, but the platform could be even lighter than the one used on the current model.
This weight saving could prove to be rather impressive as the 2020 F-Type will reportedly be larger than its predecessor. Nothing is official, but the magazine says the next-generation F-Type will be a 2+2 that targets the Porsche 911. Despite featuring room for up to four people, it appears the rear seats will be relatively tiny and best used as a means of last resort.
Coupe and convertible variants are expected and the publication says power will be provided by an assortment of different engines including an Ingenium four-cylinder. Perhaps the interesting detail is the mention of an available twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 sourced from BMW. The report claims the engine will replace the company’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 and produce 560 hp (417 kW / 567 PS).
The engine is eventually expected to find its way into other Jaguar Land Rover products. The report doesn’t mention which models, but they would likely include the next-generation Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar XJ.
The rumor about the BMW-sourced V8 engine is interesting as previous reports have suggested the company would eliminate V8s altogether. Of course, this and other rumors should be taken with a grain of salt.