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Jaguar Land Rover has released some details about its new Ingenium engine family, which is set to make its debut on the new BMW 3 Series-fighting Jaguar XE. The new range of powertrains are said to deliver “class-leading levels of torque, horsepower and refinement while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.”

Ingenium engines will be modular in nature – they share the same bore, stroke, cylinder spacing, 500 cc capacity per cylinder and many common internal components, making it easy for either brand to quickly and efficiently scale the engines up or down to meet legislation and market changes.

They will also be flexible enough to fit a variety of future Jaguars and Land Rovers, adaptable for rear-, four- and all-wheel drive layouts, and will be able to incorporate future engine technologies and hybrid electric drive systems. All Ingenium engines will be turbocharged and feature central high-pressure direct injection, variable valve timing and stop-start systems.

One area JLR engineers chose to focus on to improve performance and fuel economy was to reduce internal friction. The first Ingenium engine to be produced, an AJ200D 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, cuts friction over the current Ford-sourced 2.2 litre mill by 17%, which JLR says will help it become one of the most efficient and responsive 2.0 litre turbo diesels in its segment.

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Weight optimisation will also make the Ingenium engines as much as 80 kg lighter than before, which will certainly go hand in hand with JLR’s lightweight aluminium-bodied vehicles.

JLR has invested £40 million to expand and upgrade its Powertrain Engineering facility at its Whitley Technical Centre in order to develop the Ingenium family, and has built a new £500 million Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton, its first plant built from the ground up, to manufacture them.

“Being configurable and flexible are the two key strands of Ingenium’s DNA because we have future-proofed our new engines from the outset,” said Jaguar Land Rover director of powertrain engineering Ron Lee. “We were able to design Ingenium in this way because we had the rare opportunity to start the project with a clean sheet of paper.”