Jaguar Land Rover has officially released details of its new Ingenium series of turbocharged engines, which will power the manufacturers’ future range of cars. These flexible four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are being developed to return good efficiency and emission figures, without compromising on performance.
Promising ‘class-leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement’ along with reduce emissions and increased fuel efficiency, this new range of engines will be flexible enough to be used in multiple platforms and segments. The Jaguar XE sedan will be the first ever car to be powered by an Ingenium engine, which is a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel unit.
The Ingenium engines are modular in nature, which will allow Jaguar to easily scale them down to meet regulations in different markets around the world. All the engines will be equipped with central high-pressure direct injection, variable valve timing and stop-start systems to enhance efficiency without sacrificing performance. Designers have focused on reducing friction in the engine which has also helped improve performance and fuel economy. The engines are upto 80 kilograms lighter than the previous engines and are suitable for both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive cars.
Ron Lee, director of powertrain engineering, Jaguar Land Rover said, “Being configurable and flexible are the two key strands of Ingenium’s DNA because we have future-proofed our new engines from the outset. We were able to design Ingenium in this way because we had the rare opportunity to start the project with a clean sheet of paper.”
A growing number of manufacturers have been developing low-capacity turbocharged engines in pursuit of better emission and efficiency figures. Ford did this with its EcoBoost engines, Volkswagen with the EA211, GM with the Ecotec family and our very own Tata with the Revotron engine. To manufacture the Ingenium series, Jaguar Land Rover has spent GBP 40 million to upgrade its Powertrain Engineering facility at its Whitley Technical Centre while a completely new facility with GBP 500 million investment has been built near Wolverhampton.