Jaguar Land Rover have revealed their new family of premium, low-consumption Ingenium engines.
According to the manufacturer, the new powerplants will deliver class-leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.
Advanced, low-friction, high-performance engines
JLR’s aim was to develop a new family of advanced, low-friction but high-performance engines to meet customer demand for lower fuel consumption without compromising output, and presented a number of challenges for the carmaker’s engineers.
Among other things, the new engine range had to be flexible and configurable in order to drop seamlessly into a wide range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, be able to be scaled up and down for smaller or larger variants in the future.
They also had to be able to accommodate a range of different powertrain layouts, including rear and four-wheel drive.
Engineers at JLR’s Whitley and Gaydon development facilities based the Ingenium on strong, but compact, aluminium blocks for both the diesel and petrol versions.
The new aluminium blocks share the same bore, stroke, cylinder spacing and capacity, which ticks the boxes for configurability and flexibility, and the engines can also be developed quickly and efficiently to meet demand requirements.
Development of the Ingenium line comes after the carmaker raked in their largest-ever profit of £2.5 billion made in the past 12 months, which equates to a staggering £6.85 million a day, £4,756 a minute or roughly £80 a second.
JLR said they would reinvest their profits back into the company by spending £2.68 billion in the coming year on new products, architectures, power trains and technologies as well as increased manufacturing capacity at an expanded plant in their Solihull site.
Money was also put towards the new £500m engine plant on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, which is set to be the home of the Ingenium engines when they go into full production early next year.
The new site will employ around 1,400 new workers to build the engines, which are due to be dropped into the new Jaguar XE Saloon first, which will be unveiled later in the summer.
All the Ingenium engines will be equipped with state-of-the-art turbocharger to improve performance, while the modular design means each engine will share common internal components, reducing complexity and cost, while allowing the company to supply spares more quickly.
Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover group engineering director, said: “Customers around the world are increasingly demanding cleaner-running, more efficient vehicles that maintain or even enhance the performance attributes expected of a rugged all-terrain vehicle or a high performance car. Our Ingenium engines deliver this to a new level.”
The first Ingenium engine to go into volume production will be the AJ200D 2.0-litre diesel, which JLR claim is one of the most efficient and responsive 2.0-litre diesels yet, and will go into full production early next year.