Jaguar Land Rover are extending their range of engines in the new Ingenium family by developing petrol and diesel six-cylinder in-line engines.
But that has started to change with the arrival of the new 2.0 litre Ingenium engines as JLR starts to take control of its own destiny, and the plans go much further than just the 2.0 litre Ingenium petrols and diesels.
In fact, Jaguar Land Rover are expected to deliver not just new six-cylinder engines – which will almost certainly be in-line, like BMW’s – but smaller, three-cylinder units too.
The Ingenium engine range is modular, so JLR can develop bigger and smaller versions without starting from scratch, and that’s exactly what they’re doing at the moment.
The announcement last month that JLR’s new engine plant – only opened in 2014 – is set to double in size is not just because of demand for the new 2.0 litre engines, but because, by 2017, JLR will have a new range of 3.0 litre engines too.
The 3.0 litre engines will be in-line six-cylinder units – with both diesel and petrol versions – and will be more powerful, and more economical, than the current Ford-based 3.0 litre V6 units.
Complete with turbos and direct injection, the new in-line six diesel is expected to come in three power outputs – around 275bhp, 340bhp and 400bhp – with the new petrol six-cylinder able to offer outputs in the range of 300bhp to 500bhp. Which will make the most powerful 3.0 litre petrol about as powerful as the current 5.0 litre V8 supercharged – but much more economical.
But it’s not just bigger engines JLR ahs planned, but smaller ones too, with a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder – a cut-down take on the current 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Ingenium – which could find its way in to cars like the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and new Jaguar F-Pace.
It looks like the internal combustion engine is here to stay for a bit longer yet. At least at Jaguar Land Rover.