Jaguar’s commitment to produce environmentally friendly cars is quickly permeating its way throughout the range. The British company is even more serious now, after announcing that production for its all-new, all-electric I-Pace has already begun. There’s even a zero-emissions reinterpretation of the classic E-Type among the cards!

The bigger news here is that its sports car, the F-Type, will get an electrified successor. According to Automotive News, Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design chief said the company will not discontinue the model, but instead give it a more advanced powertrain. He also said Jaguar won’t abandon its sports car segment because “there is something very emotional about a sports car that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design.”

The F-Type made its debut in 2013 and has since sold over 45,000 units globally. Earlier in April, the 2.0 litre 300 PS variant joined the range, forming the base of the F-Type line-up which has a tally of 16 variants. However, don’t expect to see the next-gen F-Type until end-2019 or 2020, because that’s the timeline we’re given before every single car in its stable gets electrified.

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia introduced the pre-facelift F-Type Coupe here in 2014 in two flavours – the 3.0 litre V6 (F-Type S) and 5.0 litre V8 (F-Type R), both supercharged and cost RM899,888 and RM1,158,888 respectively. The facelifted 2.0 litre four banger hasn’t found its way here (we’re not sure if it will, ever), neither did the 567 hp and 700 Nm F-Type SVR. Instead, the meanest F-Type Project 7 did. Just two out of 250 units found its way here, though.

Watch how the RM1.2 million F-Type R fares against the similarly-priced BMW i8 and Mercedes-AMG GT S in our review below.

GALLERY: 2018 Jaguar F-Type facelift

GALLERY: Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Jaguar XJ220 in Malaysia