Jaguar announces two new forced-induction engines

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ever since Jaguar Cars Ltd. was purchased by Tata Motors of India, the British automaker has seemed rejuvenated, introducing exciting new models such as the XF and XJ sedans. The progress at Jaguar continues with the recent announcement of two new forced-induction engines that will power several Jaguar models of the future.

"Both these new engines make intelligent use of forced-induction technology to produce high-specific output in an efficient way, while delivering the compelling combination of flexibility, refinement and driver reward that are integral attributes in all Jaguar engines," said Ron Lee, chief engineer of the powertrain group at Jaguar Cars.

The smallest of the new engines is a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder that will be used in a longitudinal configuration and will be mated to a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Jaguar's new turbo four-cylinder is an all-aluminum unit said to weigh just 138 kg (304 pounds) and is the lightest engine ever to be fitted into a production Jaguar. Peak output is rated at 240 horsepower and the engine makes use of direct fuel-injection and variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

Jaguar's other new forced-induction offering will be a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine which takes influence from Jaguar's current 5.0-litre V8 with its direct injection, variable valve timing and aluminum construction. The new V6 uses a Roots-type twin vortex supercharger as well as a water-cooled intercooler to reduce the temperature of the intake air for more power and efficiency.

The supercharged V6 also makes use of dual independent variable cam timing (DIVCT) and will generate either 340 horsepower or 380 horsepower depending on its specific tuning, which will be optimized for the vehicle being powered. Like the four-cylinder, Jaguar's new six-cylinder engine will be mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and it will also feature Jaguar's Intelligent Stop-Start system. Start-Stop technology shuts off the engine whenever the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the vehicle drives away. The benefits of this technology include reduced pollution and increased fuel economy.

In addition to the announcement of these two new powertrains, Jaguar has also announced that the 380-horsepower supercharged V6 will be used to power the all-new Jaguar F-Type. Due to arrive in 2013, the F-Type is a two-seat roadster that serves as the successor to the iconic Jaguar E-Type of the 1960s and 1970s. The new F-Type was recently previewed in concept form as the C-X16 hybrid electric concept car and was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2011. The arrival of the new F-Type and Jaguar's two new engines will usher in a new era of progression for British marque.

"Jaguar currently has its strongest range of products for several decades," said Adrian Hallmark, global brand director at Jaguar Cars. "Our continued growth is dependent on two things; activating the awareness of the brand, and expanding our range to enable us to access new customers in both existing and emerging markets. The introduction of these two additional forced-induction engines is integral to this ambitious plan."
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Topics: Roadster, Jaguar, 2013, F-Type, Forced Induction,

Organizations: Jaguar

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