Jaguar introduced its new range of Ingenium engines last year to replace the old Ford-derived engines used from the time when the Detroit-based automaker was its parent company. The family of compact, lightweight and turbocharged engines debuted on the new entry-level XE sedan at the Paris Motor Show. As per a new report from Motor Trend, the company is planning to introduce a more efficient and powerful Ingenium engine.
The current 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine won’t have a future after 2016 due to stricter fuel economy regulations and so, the company will replace this engine probably with an inline-six unit, suggests the report. Jaguar’s cars have a long hood and large dash-to-axle ratio (distance between A-pillar and the front axle), comfortable to ingest engines larger than the ones with a V6 configuration. The new inline-six engine could be turbocharged to maintain the performance level of the Ingenium engines.
Revealing more about the company’s future plans, the report says that it is holding back on introducing the next generation XK as it doesn’t want one of its own cars to hurt demand for the F-Type. The XK may get axed in the future without receiving a replacement and even if it does get one, the focus would be more on luxury than on sportiveness. It could be relaunched as a large coupe and positioned in a way that it doesn’t hurt sales internally, targeting the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, Bentley Continental, and Rolls-Royce Wraith.