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A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production

A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production

The looming uncertainty of Brexit is becoming a real problem for the British car brands

2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.

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JLR's Ingenium Powertrain Family is Getting a Little Bigger

JLR’s Ingenium Powertrain Family is Getting a Little Bigger

New gasoline engines will find their way into 2017 model year vehicles

It was just a couple of years ago that Jaguar announced its new Ingenium modular engine technology with the debut of a pair of 2.0-liter diesel-powered engines. The engines were first seen at the Detroit Auto Show and have proven to have excellent fuel economy, lower emissions output, and decent power output as well. So far, the family of engines has only included the pair of 2.0-liter diesels that deliver either 160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Now, JLR is expanding the Ingenium family and has started production of some new gasoline-powered engines based on the same modular technology.

Much like the diesel-powered engines that came before them, these new engines are based on the 500 cc per cylinder architecture. JLR has yet to release specifics as for as overall engine size, but, if the new engines are of the four-cylinder variety, they will displace 2.0-liters while a V-6 or straight-six will displace 3.0-liters. The most likely at this point would be a straight-six engine as Jaguar previously announced that it was favoring the straight-six over the V-6.

For now, the most we know is that the engines will deliver 25-percent more power than the engines they replace and offer fuel savings of up to 15 percent in comparison. They are said to have an electrohydraulic valvetrain, twin-scroll turbochargers with ceramic bearings, and will have an integrated exhaust manifold, among other things. Nick Rogers, JLR’s Group Engineering Director, said, “Ingenium has been developed as a modular family of powerful, efficient and refined all-aluminum petrol and diesel engines. All Ingenium engines deliver benchmark low levels of friction, contributing to inherently good efficiency and refinement.”

These new engines have already moved into production and will be available starting in vehicles made for the 2017 model year. Expect to see four-cylinder versions of the gasoline-powered engines in the Jaguar F-Type and the Jaguar XE. Sources are indicating that the inline-six engine will deliver anywhere between 270 and 500 ponies and could find its first home in the Discovery SUV. But, news about these new gasoline-drinking mills isn’t all that Jaguar announced today. There’s a new transmission in development, but you’ll have to keep reading to learn more about that.

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The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance

The Jaguar XF 20d Offers Better Economy and a Lower Price with Decent Performance

You’ll get a slower sprint to 60 mph, but that’s not why you’re buying an XF anyway, is it?

The Jaguar XF has been widely loved since its debut back in 2007 and the Frankfurt Motor Show. By the time 2015 came around, Jaguar finally decided to usher in a new-gen model, and it was one of the best moves the brand ever made. So much so, that the Jaguar XF took the credit for nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s global sales in the first half of the year. For 2017, Jaguar decided to kick things up a notch and offer the XF with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and all-wheel drive. Even better yet, that diesel engine is available as an entry-level model.

So, big deal, right? There are a lot of cars that come with diesel powertrains and we already covered all you ever wanted to know about it earlier this year in our review. But, back then we didn’t know the pricing or the fuel economy, and let me just say, it’s good enough that you’re seriously going to consider going for it if you’re in the market for a new Jaguar. See, the entry-level XF and its 180 horsepower start out the range at just $48,445. That’s just over $3,000 cheaper than the cheapest, gasoline-powered model in the range. Even better yet, this baby gets 42 mpg on the highway and 31 in the city. To make sure I paint a clear enough picture, the gasoline-powered V-6 achieves just 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

Of course, you’ve got to take the good with the bad, as the diesel is considerably slower than the base V-6 model. The diesel chugs its way to 60 mph in eight seconds, which isn’t bad, but it’s pretty far away from the 5.2-second sprint that the gasoline-drinking V-6 can make. Of course, when you consider an extra 150 miles to a tank of gas and the extra $3,000 you save at the time of purchase, it more than makes up for the performance – unless you’re really worrying about how fast you can hit 60. But, if that’s the case, maybe you should look at a more high-performance model anyway.

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2018 Jaguar XE-E

2018 Jaguar XE-E

Jaguar revealed the XE sedan in 2014 after a long string of teases that nearly drove us nuts. In the UK, the XE is ready for action, but folks in the U.S. have to wait until the 2017 Jaguar XE arrives. As we get nearer to the American release of the XE, our spy photographers caught a special version of the upcoming sedan in a parking lot. This model had a badge with an “E” on a light-blue background and no visible exhaust pipes. Our thoughts immediately turned to this being either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid version of the XE.

With BMW already entrenched in the compact luxury hybrid sedan realm with the ActiveHybrid 3, and Mercedes about to dive in with the 2016 C350 Plug-In Hybrid, it was only a matter of time before Jag dipped its toes in. The question is, what type of hybrid is this? Is it a plug-in hybrid or a standard hybrid? Maybe it’s not a hybrid at all and is actually a full-electric version of the XE. I really don’t know.

We should start learning more as time goes on.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XE-E and what I think is under the hood.

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Jaguar Land Rover Announces its New Ingenium Engine Family

Jaguar Land Rover Announces its New Ingenium Engine Family

It’s been six years since Jaguar and Land Rover left the Ford ownership umbrella, but the British automakers are still using Ford-derived engines they inherited back in the late 1990s. That’s about to change though, as the Brits are set to introduce a new family of efficient powerplants. Dubbed Ingenium, these new engines promise to deliver a compelling combination of power, efficiency, and low CO2 emissions in many shapes and sizes.

Built in-house at the company’s new engine facility in Wolverhampton, England, the first version of the modular unit family is set to debut in the upcoming Jaguar XE and find its way into the Land Rover Discovery a few months after that. The Ingenium family will include both gasoline and diesel variants with turbochargers attached to them. As with all modular engines, JLR’s new powerplants will share many internals and calibration strategies, enabling the company to raise quality and simplify manufacturing.

Looks like Jaguar Land Rover is finally growing up!

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s new Ingenium Engine Family.

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2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

Jaguars are cool. Jaguars are awesome. Jaguars are the best.

Anytime you attach those three descriptions to the British automaker, chances are, you’re going to have a lot of people agreeing with you. That includes German tuner, Loder1899, who not only loves Jaguars, but loves them enough to give one of the brand’s models - the XF V6 Diesel - a comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrade.

The trick to appreciating Loder1899’s program is to look at the details. The things you’ll notice are the new components, including the front apron, the boot lid spoiler and the carbon-fiber diffuser. Looks great, right?

But once you really take a closer look at the car, you’ll also notice that a lot of its components have been blacked-out, particularly the grille, the headlights, the hood vents, front intakes, side mirrors, side vents, the taillights and even the Jaguar badges. What all this blacked-out goodness does is turn the XF into a wicked saloon that oozes of attitude. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch wheels wrapped in 255 tires.

Under its hood, the XF V6 Diesel also gets the benefit of having a remapped ECU unit that increases its output from the standard 275 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to an impressive 310 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model with a top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XF Diesel

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2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

Jaguar UK announced that for the 2014 model year, theXF lineup will be expanded with the addition of a new four-cylinder engine. Also, new for 2014 the XF will receive an extended navigation system offering a more focused and intuitive mapping, a smart keyboard and one-way road visualization.

The new, four-cylinder, 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 163 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder engine features a larger exhaust gas recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly, which contributes to its astronomical 57.7 mpg and 129 g/km CO2 ratings.

The new engine is combined with Jaguar’s Stop-Start system, which features a twin-solenoid starter system that shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it fast enough for the driver to shoot into traffic seamlessly. When this system shuts down the engine, the instrument panel shows an illuminated ’ECO’ symbol. The 2014 XF is equipped with two batteries: one for the engine re-starting and one for all the other ancillaries.

If for some reason, the driver would like to deactivate the Start-Stop system, he can do so manually. However, the system reactivates on the following key cycle.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Jaguar XF.

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2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel

2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel

Jaguar came at this year’s New York Auto Show with the facelift version of their XF luxury sedan. But the most impressive thing for the 2012 model year is the addition of a new 2.2 Diesel version, which will even be available on the US market.

The new 2.2-liter diesel unit will deliver a total of 190 HP and 332 lbs ft of torque, while returning 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle and only 149 g/km of CO2. It will feature a water-cooled turbocharger with low-friction pistons, new injectors, and a new crankshaft. The new configuration allowed Jaguar engineers to add a new oil pan and new electronic systems which affect the crankshaft to allow the new intelligent Stop-Start system to operate more efficiently. The new engine will be mated to an advanced eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, with the seventh and eight ratios effectively acting as overdrive gears.

With this type of setup, the diesel XF will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.5 seconds and will hit a maximum speed of 140 mph.

UPDATE 11/22/2011: Jaguar has released a short film that shows the progress of the XF 2.2 as it crossed 11 states, 2,884-miles, and three time zones, achieving an average economy figure of 62.9 mpg! We have also added a new set of images for the XF 2.2 Diesel. Enjoy!

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2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport Diesel

2011 Jaguar XJ Supersport Diesel

The current Jaguar XJ is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine offered in both naturally aspirated and supercharged versions with outputs ranging from 385 hp to 510 hp. Europeans also get a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. Now, rumors suggest that Jaguar is also preparing a 4.4 liter TDV8 engine for 2011 in a model called either the Jaguar XJ TDV8 or the Jaguar XJ Supersport TDV8.

The 4.4 liter diesel engine will deliver a total of 375bhp and a peak torque of more than 600lb.-ft. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made quicker than the supercharged XJ and will return 40mpg. Same engine is also rumored to be offered in theJaguar XF.

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2010 Jaguar XF Diesel S Police Car

2010 Jaguar XF Diesel S Police Car

Bad guys, watch out! The new Jaguar XF Diesel S is under patrol! Seven Jaguars were chosen by the Central Motorway Police Group to patrol in Staffordshire, Mercia and the West Midlands. The Jaguar was chosen due to its fuel economy (42mpg), CO2 rating (179 g/km), and residual value retention (80% after 1 year/14K and 45% after 3 years/60K).

The police car features: roof mounted light bar with 3600 blue flashing lights and integrated side alley lights, blue and white flashing LED lights inside the front grille, side mounted blue flashing LED lights, blue and red flashing LED lights integrated in the rear light clusters and a Home Office-specification electronics ’Police pack’. Yeah, that’s a lot of lights.

The Jaguar XF Diesel S is powered by a 3.0-liter AJ-V6D Gen III diesel engine that delivers 275 hp. The Diesel S accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The residents of the Midlands should look out for this impressive new police cruiser, not that anyone could miss it!

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Jaguar XF S

2011 Jaguar XF S

While we are all well aware of just how great of an automobile that the JaguarXFR really is, the luxury car builder has announced details about an upcoming alternatively fueled model of the XF sport sedan for 2011 that brings the same high performance attitude and upscale amenities of the top of the line version into a new diesel burning four door dubbed the XF S.

The XF S is powered by a 275 HP diesel mill that promises not to disappoint drivers thanks to the Jag’s Adaptive Dynamics system, a unit that is currently featured on the XFR and XK that constantly adjusts the suspension to improve handling without giving up an ounce of comfort. The result improves on the XF’s already impressive handling and strikes a clever balance between a luxury ride and sports car agility, which will be an option on the high performance diesel.

The exterior of the new Jaguar XF S can be upgraded with a new aerodynamics package similar to the XFR’s which includes black mesh grill inserts, horizontal blades across the lower air intakes and bolder side skirts. Meanwhile the interior features upscale touches like high gloss Piano Black veneer and a Jet Suedecloth headliner that is available as an option on Premium Luxury and Portfolio Diesel S models; ensuring that you don’t have to give up style and luxury just to be green.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Jaguar XF Diesel S

2009 Jaguar XF Diesel S

Jaguar revealed today the new XF Diesel S powered by the 3.0-litrer AJ-V6D Gen III diesel that delivers 240 hp or 275 hp for the S trim. This engine is currently not available in the U.S., nor have there been any announced plans for Jaguar to bring its diesel line to the U.S.

The new 3.0-liter engines meet the forthcoming EU5 regulations, due to come into force at the start of 2011. And these great performance leaps are achieved with combined average fuel consumption in both models of 42.0mpg – an improvement on the 2.7-litre engine of 12 percent.

The Diesel S accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, 1.8 seconds quicker than the excellent 2.7-litre model. In-gear acceleration is equally impressive, with a 50-70mph time of just 3.2 seconds. Maximum speed is electronically limited to 155mph.

Press release after the jump.

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Diesel Jaguar XK on the works

Diesel Jaguar XK on the works

According to AutoCar, jaguar is planning to unveil a diesel-powered XK. The XK diesel version will be powered by a win-turbo 3.0-litre version of the 2.7 V6 TD currently used in the company’s saloons.

Output will be over 250 hp and and should ensure that the XK is easily capable of over 30mpg in normal driving conditions.

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Jaguar XJ Diesel - Britain's Greenest Luxury Car

Jaguar XJ Diesel - Britain’s Greenest Luxury Car

Jaguar’s XJ 2.7 Diesel has been named the greenest luxury car on Britain’s roads in the Environmental Transport Association’s 2007 Car Buyers Guide. The award, presented by television presenter Janet Ellis at the RIBS in London recognises Jaguar’s commitment to delivering CO2 and fuel consumption advantages to customers with the development of its industry-leading diesel engines and application of advanced lightweight aluminium vehicle architectures.
The ETA guide lists 2,500 new cars and (...)

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2006 Jaguar S-Type Diesel

2006 Jaguar S-Type Diesel

The introduction of an all-new, state-of-the-art V6 Diesel engine marks yet another milestone in the evolution of Jaguar’s S-TYPE premium executive saloon. The arrival of the twin-turbo AJD-V6 engine means that, for the first time, S-TYPE buyers will be able to choose diesel power as an alternative to the existing four petrol engine options.

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News from Jaguar

News from Jaguar

Jaguar is going to renew its entire range: the XJ is going to be increased with 183% regarding the next year, approximately 60% of cars are going to have a diesel motor.
The renewal will be involved the entire range of models, from the X-Type to the XJ. For the X-Type is previewed to be restyled by the end of next year. All the engines are going to have a modernization: the 2.0 liter engine delivering will go out from the range to make place for the more powerful turbodiesel with an output (...)

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