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by Tim Beissmann

Jaguar Land Rover says its all-new turbocharged ‘Ingenium’ petrol and diesel engines will deliver class-leading levels of power, torque and refinement when production begins at its Wolverhampton Manufacturing Centre in the UK early next year.

JLR confirmed overnight the first Ingenium engine to go into volume production would be a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel dubbed ‘AJ200D’. The British car maker says friction within the engine has been reduced by 17 per cent compared with its predecessor, making it “one of the most efficient and responsive 2.0-litre turbo diesels in its segment”.

JLR says Ingenium engines will weigh as much as 80kg less than today’s equivalent engines, despite offering extra power and performance.

Ingenium will launch as one of the most tested engines ever fitted to a Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle. JLR says before the first Ingenium engine is sold, it will have undergone the equivalent of more than eight years of “the toughest, most punishing testing Jaguar Land Rover engineers could devise”, including more than 72,000 hours of dyno testing and 3.2 million kilometres of real-world testing.

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The Ingenium engine family will debut in the all-new mid-sized Jaguar XE sedan, which will be revealed at October’s Paris motor show before going on sale internationally in 2015, and will feature across a wide range of Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover models from next year.

The engines will be scalable up and down to create smaller or larger displacement variants in the future; accommodate rear-, all- and four-wheel drive powertrain layouts; and support manual and automatic transmissions and electrified hybrid drive systems.

JLR powertrain engineering director Ron Lee said the combination of Ingenium’s in-house design and production and the engine family’s modular design improved the company’s ability to react to changes in demand, future technology and legislation.

“Being configurable and flexible are the two key strands of Ingenium’s DNA because we have future-proofed our new engines from the outset,” Lee said.

“Ingenium will be able to accept new advances in fuel, turbocharging, emissions, performance and electrification technologies when they are ready and accessible to be deployed.”




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