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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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Jaguar Land Rover Launch Tech Business To Address Tech And Mobility Race

Jaguar Land Rover Launch Tech Business To Address Tech And Mobility Race

"InMotion" will be tasked to develop apps and on-demand services for JLR

The rapid evolution of technology has given rise to a rush in the automotive industry to be the first at something, anything. It’s become commonplace for automakers to make this kind of concerted push and a company like Jaguar Land Rover has proven to be one that understands the value of innovation. Knowing what’s at stake, the British automaker has launched a new technology business geared towards building apps and on-demand services that could redefine the future of travel and transport.

The business is called InMotion and JLR sees it as a gateway towards bridging the gap between today’s technology and the future of mobility. Simply put, JLR is looking to use InMotion as a means to make life easier for drivers and commuters alike. That’s been the common thread that ties these automakers together and with the industry evolving in the same form, InMotion will be looking to use the technologies that are becoming available and adapt with the times to satisfy the evolving needs of Jaguar and Land Rover owners.

Since InMotion’s business will largely revolve around developing apps and on-demand services, it goes without saying that a big part of new company’s strategy includes creating new ways for drivers and commuters to access these technologies from their smartphones and other portable devices. InMotion is not exactly taking a revolutionary approach with its business platform, but it does give Jaguar Land Rover direct access to the products that come out of this new company.

Whether these products end up being useful or not is not known yet, but give credit to JLR for putting the proper resources in place. The new company will be based in London, as good a place as any considering that it’s one of the busiest megacities in the world and home to a technology-driven society.

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Jaguar Land Rover Helps Launch The UK's First Test Corridor

Jaguar Land Rover Helps Launch The UK’s First Test Corridor

It’s been called a "living laboratory" that will help JLR develop its autonomous driving technology

When automakers from all corners of the world began announcing their plans of developing autonomous driving technology, it felt like it would only be a matter of time before these pursuits sprouted new forms of technological advancements that were tied into autonomous driving. Jaguar Land Rover has certainly put its money where its mouth is, after announcing a £5.5 million ($7.8 million) investment in a 41-mile test corridor called the UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment, or UK-CITE for short. The venue is called a “living laboratory” that will used for a variety of functions, including the evaluation of JLR’s new systems that are related to real-world driving conditions and more importantly, support the development of connected and autonomous driving technology.

Other companies, universities, and organizations also joined in to partake in the development of UK-CITE, including Siemens, Vodafone, Visteon, WMG, the University of Warwick, Coventry University, and the Coventry City Council.

JLR’s goal is to use UK-CITE and its facilities to develop and test out its automotive vehicle technologies on as many as five different types of roads and junctions. Roadside communications equipment have also been installed to test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems on as many as 100 connected and automated cars. The whole set-up is meant to unlock the key to sharing information at high speed between cars and roadside infrastructures like traffic lights.

In the end, UK-CITE is expected to play a big role in JLR’s continued pursuit in the development of its own autonomous driving technology while also addressing the clear, real-life need of improving road safety for both the cars and its drivers.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals "Warm Air Blanket" research

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals "Warm Air Blanket" research

In a recent press release, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled that it is looking into ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the current heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems used in modern vehicles. According to JLR’s Director of Research and Technology, Dr. Wolfgang Epple, current HVAC systems can draw as much as 10 kW from the battery of electric vehicles, which can reduce electric range by up to 40 percent. Gasoline-powered vehicles also suffer from range loss, as air-conditioning can consume enough energy to reduce drive range by up to 20 percent.

Jaguar Land Rover has been researching how to heat or cool an air bubble inside the vehicle as opposed conditioning the entire cabin space. This would mean that compartments like the glove box and center console wouldn’t be conditioned by the HVAC system. Other areas like trunk space, areas under the seat, and even the area surrounding unused seats would also remain unconditioned. The air inside these so-called “air bubbles” would be passed through a special filter that would make the air quality better than that of the air outside the vehicle.

Another future innovation we may see from JLR is something they call the “Warm Air Blanket.” Instead of heating the air inside a vehicle, JLR wants to directly heat or cool each occupant directly. By using infrared panels strategically and invisibly placed around the vehicle, the skin of each occupant can be warmed instead of the air inside the cabin. The sensation of warmth would be almost immediate because of how quickly and efficiently the infrared panels work. The panels would be hidden inside the sun visors, glove box and center console doors, and on the floor around the transmission tunnel. Early tests results have apparently shown that this technology alone can reduce the energy consumption of a vehicle’s HVAC system by 50 percent.

Other ideas include using infrared reflective (IRR) glass to prevent heating of the cabin by the sun’s rays, and by directing a flow of warm or cool air through porous surfaces in the seats. Since the direct effect of heating or cooling would be felt by vehicle occupants, it wouldn’t be necessary to operate the HVAC system constantly to maintain comfort. All of this is only part of what JLR is working on to reduce the energy consumption of all vehicles, and the emissions output of gasoline-powered vehicles. Read on to see what other innovations JLR has been working on.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles , more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works , and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles, more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works, and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.

The first of these is the Concept_e MHEV, a “Mild Hybrid” built on a 2016 Range Rover Evoque. It uses a 90-horsepower prototype diesel engine that works with a 15-kW (about 20 horsepower) electric motor integrated into the crank between the engine and a nine-speed transmission. A 48-volt electrical system and 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack supply power to the electric motor.

Next is the 2014 Range Rover Sport-based Concept_e PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid system that incorporates a 300-horsepower gasoline engine and an eight-speed transmission. The electric motor delivers an additional 150 kW (roughly 200 horsepower) and also functions as the starter motor. A 320-volt battery pack supplies power to the electric motor. Both the ICE and the electric motor send power through the gearbox to a full-time four-wheel-drive system.

Lastly, the Concept _e BEV is what JLR calls a “bespoke research demonstrator.” It’s built using JLR’s aluminum vehicle architecture and uses a full electric drivetrain. A 70-kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery is mounted on the underbody and sends power to two motors, one at each axle. The front motor produces 85 kW (114 horsepower) and works through a single-speed transmission, while the other is a 145-kW (195 horsepower) motor that sends power to the rear axle through a two-speed transmission.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals New Road Safety Systems

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals New Road Safety Systems

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a series of new research projects with the goal of developing innovative safety technologies to reduce the number of accidents caused by over-stressed and distracted drivers. The U.K.-based team will integrate advances made in a variety of other industries to monitor the driver’s health and mental state, communicate with him, and enable easier control over basic vehicle functions.

“We believe some of the technologies currently being used in aerospace and medicine could help improve road safety and enhance the driving experience,” said Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover. “The car is becoming more intelligent and more able to utilize cutting-edge sensors. These research projects are investigating how we could exploit this for the benefit of our customers and other road users.”

The research projects, dubbed “Sixth Sense,” will investigate potential technological benefits in a variety of different areas. These include monitoring things like the driver’s brainwaves, heartbeat, and respiration rate to detect if he is tired, stressed or distracted; predictive gesture controls for the infotainment system to keep his attention centered on driving, and haptic signals sent through the pedals for more immediate feedback.

The new projects are a continuation of JLR’s previous proposals to offer cutting-edge technology to make their cars both safer and easier to drive, which in the past has included things like augmented reality. 

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Jaguar Land Rover Plans to Offer Three-Cylinder And Straight-Six Engines

Jaguar Land Rover Plans to Offer Three-Cylinder And Straight-Six Engines

The old statement “there’s no replacement for displacement” is about as valid these days as a “Turbo” button on a PC. Apparently, Jaguar Land Rover is up to speed on this outdated thinking, as a new report claims that it will move toward three-cylinder engines. Along with this report is the claim that Jaguar will move away from V-6 engine and back to inline-six powerplants.

With modern electronics and ever-improving turbocharging technology, small-displacement engines are putting out more ponies per liter than ever before. According to the report, Land Rover will use a new line of Ingenium three-cylinder engines to power the Evoque, 2016 Discovery Sport, and F-Pace. Jaguar will also get in on the three-pot fun with future versions of the XE.

There is no mention of when these three-cylinder engines will be ready for production, but it shouldn’t be too long.

As for Jag’s movement back to inline-six engines, that will happen sooner than later, likely sometime after 2016. Jaguar will utilize its signature long hood to house a more fuel-efficient turbocharged I-6 engine. In addition to fuel savings, this movement to I-6 engines will hark back to Jaguars of yesteryear, giving nostalgia buffs a reason to love the British brand once again.

We’ll bring you more details as they roll out.

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Jaguar-Land Rover Reveals "360 Virtual Urban Windscreen" Project

Jaguar-Land Rover Reveals "360 Virtual Urban Windscreen" Project

“Invisible A-pillars” and “Ghost Car Navigation” are two things you’re more likely to find in video games rather than in real-life cars, but Jaguar Land Rover is looking into a new project that would bring those two technologies to life. The project, called 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen, is being developed to create a future where drivers won’t have to worry about blind spots and getting lost on the road.

The two technologies are pretty neat and follow a path JLR began at the 2014 New York Motor Show when it unveiled the ’Transparent Bonnet Concept’ on the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept. The 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen is the next step toward turning the windshield into a fully integrated tool that serves more than just its wind-shielding purpose.

According to JLR Director of Research and Technology Dr. Wolfgang Epple, the new technology aims to reduce the potential for accidents and ultimately enhance a driver’s urban driving experience by creating an interactive tool that helps improve visibility and tells the driver what to do in certain road conditions.

You would think that such advancements would be met with excitement and wide-eyed amazement. But if you really think about it, it’s hard to argue against those of the mindset that these technologies, while novel and pretty cool visually, actually add more distractions to a driver when his attention should be on the road ahead and not on the information the windshield displays.

Then again, you can’t fault JLR for trying to pioneer these technologies. If it’s not going to do it, there’s no doubt that somebody else will. Now, the onus should be on finding a happy medium where drivers can take full advantage of these new tech options without having to compromise their full concentration on the road.

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Video: Jaguar Showcases New XE Infotainment System

Video: Jaguar Showcases New XE Infotainment System

Jaguar Land Rover has been really working on its in-car technologies these days. Remember all the fancy self-learning software inside those Land Rovers in this video? Well, Jaguar is showcasing its own set of dashboard wizardry in the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE with this swanky video.

With the help of animated parts exploding outward for detailed views, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director, Mike Bell, takes us on a tour of what we can expect from the upcoming luxury car.

The Jaguar XE will be the first of many Jaguars featuring the automaker’s "InControl Touch Infotainment system" that integrates many advanced features through an eight-inch touch screen in the dash and Jaguar’s new Plain Speech Voice Control system. The infotainment software will seamlessly connect with both Apple and Android devices for in-car integration of certain applications. An in-car Wi-Fi hotspot allows multiple devices to access high-speed Internet.

Also present is an optional laser-projected heads-up display system that shows information over the entire width of the windshield including driving directions, vehicle information, and even road sign recognition. Of course a premium audio system will be featured; this one coming from Meridian.

Protecting all this valuable technology and the entire Jaguar XE will be the InControl Protect and InControl Secure systems with the former allowing for SOS emergency and Jaguar Assistance calls to be placed without the need for a cell phone in the car while the latter allows authorities to track the vehicle should it become stolen.

Overall it seems Jaguar Land Rover is working hard on becoming the leader of in-car technology and smart phone integration. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on this gadgetry when it debuts in late 2015.

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Video: Jaguar Land Rover Presents its New Self-Learning Technology

Video: Jaguar Land Rover Presents its New Self-Learning Technology

Jaguar Land Rover is touting its new self-learning technology system integrated into and between the driver’s smartphone and a so-equipped Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle. The system works by learning intimate information about the driver, like schedule patterns, radio and climate control preferences, and even phone call patterns in order to accurately predict what task the driver might want to do next.

For example, the driver’s phone communicates with the driver’s shiny, new Range Rover that it’s Tuesday morning and little Johnny will need to attend soccer practice at the country club at 9 a.m. The Range Rover then figures out the best route for the journey, checks for any traffic obstructions, and then messages the driver the optimal time to leave for practice.

On the way to little Johnny’s soccer practice, the radio knows to play Johnny’s favorite radio station. Once he’s left the vehicle, the radio automatically changes to the driver’s preferred radio selection. But lets say practice runs long and dad will be 10 minutes late to work. No worries, as his Range Rover will message his boss alerting him of the delay.

Of course, this sort of technology seems rather interesting. It’s currently perhaps the ultimate way to be connected to the grid. Integration of smartphones and calendar events to personal preferences in the car is automatic. It might be the future, but boy, is it invasive.

Currently there’s no word on when this technology will become available in Jaguar Land Rover products, but from the look of things, it’s not far off.

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Jaguar Reveals its New Virtual Windscreen Concept

Jaguar Reveals its New Virtual Windscreen Concept

Imagine if you could have a full video-game-style heads-up display in your car. Every detail from speed, track layout, and other pertinent information could be displayed in real time without you needing to take your eyes off the road. Imagine if you could even have your Forza Motorsports-style optimal racing line, complete with braking zone indication presented to you on your windshield in a form of augmented reality. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Well it appears that Jaguar is working on bringing this exact technology to life.

More than the already amazing feats we discussed, Jaguar wants to push it so far as to offer a "ghost car" display so that when on a track you can focus on racing yourself or maybe even a friend’s previous best time. It is the ultimate combination of video games and real life.

If that wasn’t futuristic enough, Jaguar is working on a tracking technology that will control the system through gestures and eye movements so you never need to mess with button and switches. If properly implemented this form of input could be quicker, more accurate and less distracting than traditional tactile switches.

You can learn even more about what Jaguar has planned for this new system and see a video of it in action after the break.

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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!

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Do-or-Die Time as the Jaguar C-X75 Enters the Next Testing Phase

The development of the Bugatti killer from Britain has entered a critical stage that decides whether Jaguar’s newly developed hybrid system and the C-X75 project as a whole deserves the green light or no.

For the past three months, Jaguar has been testing the hybrid system on a test bed and is now confident enough to install it on a rolling chassis to create a working prototype. Now the anticipation meter is back to its highest point after months of silence.

When it was first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Jaguar C-X75 featured two turbines that looked like rockets attached. Since Jaguar was gunning for the top-spot in performance, the rockets did make sense. But, they weren’t there to launch the car down the road like a Wile E. Coyote contraption; they were actually a pair of gas turbines to power the car once charge for the four wheel-mounted electric motors had expired.

What looked promising when Jaguar bragged about was later scrapped when the Leaping Jag announced the production of the hypercar in 2011.

The gas turbine system was replaced with a hybrid system that combined a 1.6-liter boosted engine that produced more than 500 horsepower and four insanely powerful electric motors powered by a highly sophisticated liquid- and air-cooled battery pack.

So far, the tests conducted on the hybrid system have been a success in the test bed but the real nail-biting situation will arise when Jag installs the system into a chassis to make a functional prototype.

If Jaguar succeeds this phase, then hypercar fans, start clearing your bedroom posters for space...

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