Jaguar Will Drop its V-8 Engines to Make Room for an Inline-Six with Electric Turbo
There’s also four new models on the wayby Kirby, on
Jaguar Land Rover is making sweeping changes to its engine lineup, and one of the casualties of these changes is the outdated and overused, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that both Jaguar and Land Rover have routinely used in a lot of its models. The V-8’s exit will eventually give way to high-performance versions of the upcoming Ingenium inline-six engine, including one version that will come with an electrically powered turbocharger.
Less powerful versions of the same engine are expected to replace the current 3.0-liter V-6 engines that are also still being used today
Jaguar Land Rover’s goal of rolling out new engines with electrically powered turbochargers is beginning to take shape. The new inline-six engines are expected to improve fuel economy and throttle response. More specifically, a report from Autocar hinted that the new electrified Ingenium engines are expected to reduce the overall CO2 output of the new Evoque, the first model to get the new engine, by as much as 13 percent. Throttle response is also expected to improve by 40 percent compared to the existing V-8 engines that are found in current Jaguar and Land Rover models. In addition, less powerful versions of the same engine are expected to replace the current 3.0-liter V-6 engines that are also still being used today. Likewise, a new generation of clean diesel engines are also on the horizon, ones that can convert up to 98 percent of NOx emissions into harmless gasses. It’s unlikely, however, that any of these new diesel units will make their way to the North American market.
The versatile platform is expected to cater to both rear- and all-wheel drive models, as well as models that will come with either gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains
The British company’s massive investment program isn’t limited to just engines. JLR is also investing a lot of its resources in developing a modular aluminum platform called the “Modular Longitudinal Architecture.” The versatile platform is expected to cater to both rear- and all-wheel drive models, as well as models that will come with either gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrains. The next-generation Defender, which is expected to hit production in 2020, will be the first JLR model to use the flexible MLA platform. From there, the Jaguar J-Pace takes its turn, followed by the next-generation Range Rover, and the rumored Road Rover EV, a wagon-crossover hybrid that has been circled to make its debut after 2022. Eventually, models like the E-Pace, Discovery Sport, and Evoque are expected to start using the MLA platform, though those models aren’t expected to arrive until after 2025.
In the meantime, JLR’s focus will be on the next-generation Evoque. In addition to being the first model to receive the new Ingenium engines, the new Evoque will ride on a heavily modified version of the company’s “Premium Transverse Architecture,” JLR’s current front-wheel-drive platform. According to JLR, the refined platform will provide stiffer body structure on top of improvements made to luggage space and reductions in drag and wind noise. Specific details about the model are still being kept under wraps, but the Evoque is expected to debut later this year at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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