JAGUAR EXPANDS POWERTRAIN CHOICE
As Jaguar expands its product offer in key global markets it is introducing two additional petrol units to its range to enhance customer choice; the new 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol, and the 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, said: "Jaguar currently has its strongest range of products for several decades. 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 petrol engines is integral to this ambitious plan."
The 3.0 V6 S/C petrol engine has been developed by Jaguar powertrain experts from its existing award-winning 5.0-litre V8 – the all-alloy engine which has received plaudits from around the world in applications from long wheelbase limousines to 300km/h convertibles. The 3.0 V6 S/C shares many of the V8's key technologies including direct injection, variable valve timing, and aluminium construction and offers comparable levels of refinement and driveability to the naturally-aspirated version of the V8 engine, but with greater specific output and efficiency courtesy of supercharging technology.
In its 340PS/450Nm guise the 3.0 V6 S/C offers the smooth, seamless performance ideally suited to a Jaguar saloon while the 380PS/460Nm version offers the visceral thrill you'd expect for the F-TYPE, the forthcoming new Jaguar sports car. In both states of tune the 3.0 V6 S/C will give performance levels matching much larger engines while remaining economy and emissions friendly.
The 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol engine uses a range of state-of-the-art technologies for power generation that belies its size, and its introduction to XF and XJ models will see it installed in north-south orientation. It produces 240PS and 340Nm thanks to the use of three key innovations; low-inertia turbocharging, direct fuel-injection and variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
Ron Lee, Group Chief Engineer Powertrain, Jaguar Cars, said: "Both the 3.0 V6 S/C and 2.0 I4 Ti 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."
Both engines will be mated to the eight-speed automatic gearbox introduced on specific 2012 model year Jaguars which offers a broad spread of ratios for a perfectly balanced combination of smooth-shifting, economy and driver control. The 3.0 V6 S/C will also be available with Jaguar's Intelligent Stop-Start system.