Jaguar is reportedly engineering a straight-six engine based on the company’s new Ingenium family of four-cylinder motors.
According to a report in Motor Trend, Jaguar Land Rover will put its current 3.0-litre supercharged V6 out to pasture in 2016 due to ever tightening emissions regulations.
To replace the supercharged V6, the company will begin employing an in-line six-cylinder engine across its various model ranges. As with the current four-cylinder members of the Ingenium series, it’s likely that the straight-six version will feature turbocharging to simultaneously improve fuel economy and output.
If these sources are on the money, this report would gel with what Car Advice learnt last year at the launch of the Jaguar XE. Namely that the Ingenium engine family is modular in design, and that both the engines and its Wolverhampton factory can be easily scaled up to handle fewer or greater cylinder counts.
Nick Miller, chief programme manager for the XE, told us though, “We haven’t packed an inline six in to [the XE], but we could do changes to enable that kind of engine”.
So far, the four-cylinder Ingenium engines (below) are fitted to, or scheduled for, the Jaguar XE and XF, as well as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It will also be an integral part of the upcoming F-Pace SUV.
Motor Trend also believes that Jaguar Land Rover is working on a turbocharged three-cylinder Ingenium engine. This smaller engine will be used in the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Jaguar XE and F-Pace.
Through various sources, the American magazine claims to have learnt some details about Jaguar’s future model plans. The company is seriously considering adding smaller and larger crossovers to the family, likely to be labelled to E-Pace and J-Pace, respectively. Whether these models progress past the initial planning stage depends on how successful the F-Pace proves to be.
Given the success of the F-Type in assuming the mantle as the brand’s most focussed sports vehicle, Jaguar is also currently unsure as to when, how or if it should replace the XK coupe and convertible range.