Jaguar has announced details of its new range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which will make their debut in the marque's forthcoming XE compact saloon.
> Although it is best known for its brawny V8 offerings, the British luxury carmaker has needed to invest in a new range of smaller engines to meet ever-stricter emissions legislation.
Weighing in at around 80kg lighter than its current engines, the Ingenium range will not only benefit from better fuel-economy and exhaust-pipe emissions, but is also likely to bring a dynamic benefit to new models.
The engines, which have been completely developed in-house by Jaguar engineers, have been designed around a configurable modular architecture, meaning off-shoots such as three- or six-cylinder versions could be readily manufactured.
The engines are also scalable in size, so greater power requirements for sports cars wouldn't require extensive re-engineering, but simply an adjustment in cylinder displacement.
This clever design tactic means that the Ingenium engines are suitable for nearly all applications, being adaptable to front-, rear- and four-wheel drive layouts and able to accept both manual and automatic transmissions.
The first motor scheduled to be available for customers will be a 2.0-litre diesel unit – designed to appeal to frugal-minded buyers in the premium compact saloon sector, into which Jaguar is re-entering after a five-year absence with the XE saloon.
Designed to be a direct competitor to the dominant BMW 3 Series, the XE is likely to prove popular thanks to projected CO2 emissions of under 100g/km.
The Ingenium engines are also expected to make an appearance in vehicles at the cheaper end of Land Rover's model range within time.