F-type is one popular cat even long before it actually arrives.

Jaguar's upcoming F-type sports car may not be coming out until next spring, but the British brand already has taken well over 2,000 orders for the car. Thanks to the early interest, Jaguar predicts it will sell as many as 7,000 in 2013.

After that, Jaguar hopes to sell about 10,000 units of the sports car per year, which will start at about $69,000 in the U.S.

"Come this time next year, we'll get our fair share of the segment," said Jaguar's global brand director, Adrian Hallmark. "We expect to sell around 10,000 cars a year."

In speaking to What Car?, Hallmark continued to extol the virtues of the F-type, calling it a "very, very focused drive; think XKR-S, but threefold."

Apart from the convertible, a coupe version is due to arrive at a later, as-yet unspecified date. Buyers will have three major options when it comes to the F-type models: a base, 3.0-liter, 340-horsepower V6, a supercharged V6 that bumps power to 380 horsepower, and a range-topping V8, likely supercharged as well, that should make 495 horsepower. All will be mated to an eight-speed automatic, though there are rumors a future, performance-minded version will get a manual as well. In the U.S., prices will range from about $69,000 to $92,000.