With both of the specialty British automakers rapidly expanding their model ranges, it’s no surprise that they are earnestly developing a new power-plant to deliver an ideal balance of power and efficiency.
The new engine family will be a series of four cylinder engines, available in both gasoline and diesel variants. Currently, the four cylinder power-plant used by the Jaguar Land Rover Group relies on an antiquated Ford design that serves as a vestige of that period of ownership. The new engine series, entitled the Ingenium, has undergone extensive development and testing, promising to be one of the most technologically advanced and efficient on the market.
The Ingenium engine series will be a 2.0 liter displacement, which seems to be quickly becoming the favorite for four cylinder engines lately. Instead of a V configuration, however, the Ingenium will rely on an I4 layout. The design features a 500 cc-per cylinder layout, which may or not also modified to a 1.5 liter three cylinder for certain hybrid applications. Computer controlled oil and water pumps, as well as electronically controlled variable piston cooling jets add efficiency. The offset crankshaft delivers greater torque and efficiency, and an all aluminum block, as well as other lightweight components help the Ingenium shave 176 pounds from the previous JLR four cylinder. Turbocharging, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing are employed, as well as a start-stop feature. Hybrid technology will probably be coming soon to the engine family, and the JLR engineers have left that door open.
We don’t have any exact figures on the output yet, but we do know that the engine will be compatible with rear, front, and all-wheel drive. A modular design that is fully scale-able in both directions allows the new Ingenium to be easily expounded into a series of new displacements and layouts. Jaguar Land Rover spokespeople had the following to say regarding the new engine development,
“Being configurable and flexible are the two key strands of Ingenium’s DNA because we have future-proofed our new engines from the outset. 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.
Ingenium will also come to market as one of the most tested and proven Jaguar Land Rover engines ever. Before the first Ingenium engine is sold, it will have already undergone the equivalent of more than eight years of the toughest, most punishing testing that Jaguar Land Rover engineers could devise. These tests include a huge range of integrity and durability testing, including more than 72,000 hours of dyno testing and 2 million miles of real-world testing to ensure these engines deliver – and continue to deliver.”