Jaguar Land Rover is to receive a Royal visit from Her Majesty the Queen, who is due to open the manufacturer’s brand new engine plant later this month.
The Queen will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh when the new £500m manufacturing centre near Wolverhampton opens its doors next Thursday.
A landmark occasion for the marque, the official opening of the new plant will mark the first time in a generation that a British manufacturer will construct its own engines in-house.
Ingenium diesel engines
The brand-new facility will be home to the company’s new range of all-aluminium Ingenium diesel engines, which are due to power the next generation of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.
Jaguar’s all-new XE saloon will be the first model to come with the new 2.0-litre Ingenium engine, and the company plans to extend the Ingenium range into the rest of its new model lineup.
Jaguar Land Rover says that the all-new engines will deliver class-beating levels of horsepower and torque, while staying refined and keeping emissions and fuel consumption to a minimum.
When paired with the XE’s lightweight aluminium bodyshell, the new Ingenium engines will produce only 99g/km of CO2, making the XE saloon the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever manufactured.
Although the first Ingenium unit to go into production will be the 2.0-litre featured in the XE, Jaguar Land Rover has specifically designed them around a modular platform to increase customisability.
With each due to share internal components, the complexity and cost of each engine will be reduced, while the company will also be able to supply spares more quickly.
Despite the frugal and economical nature of the all-new engine range, each will also come with a start-of-the-art turbocharger to maximise performance, ensuring
This won’t be the first time that Jaguar Land Rover has had a run-in with Royalty, either. The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are famed for their usage of the Land Rover Defender, while the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in June.
The award is the highest accolade that a British company can receive, and was presented to Jaguar Land Rover’s CEO, Dr Ralf Speth, at the company’s headquarters in Coventry.
This marks a record year for Jaguar Land Rover, having released a variety of exciting new models, smashed profit records and been recognised as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers.