Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled a new petrol engine within its Ingenium family of engines along with a new transmission. The new engine will be equipped with existing as well as upcoming vehicles. According to the company, the new engine technology will lower the emissions and offer improved fuel economy.
The new Ingenium petrol unit has been developed at the company's Engine Manufacturing facility in the UK. The engine will deliver up to 15% higher fuel-efficiency along with 25 % more power than the existing units. The new four-cylinder Ingenium engine will be mated to a new automatic transmission in future vehicles, which is claimed to improve its all-wheel drive technology.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering, said, “Environmental innovation is at the heart of our strategy to dramatically reduce emissions up to 2020 and beyond. With the Ingenium family of engine and advanced research projects such as TRANSCEND, future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will emit significantly less CO₂. By 2020, new technologies will help us reduce our CO₂emissions by a further 25 per cent.”
The engine is based on a 500cc per cylinder displacement for flexibility and scaleability to benefit the sports saloons and luxury SUVs. The new Ingenium petrol engine will feature an electrohydraulic valvetrain, integrated exhaust manifold and a twin-scroll turbocharger with ceramic ball bearing technology. These features will improve performance and efficiency. The new petrol engines will be made available in the 2017 models in international markets.
The TRANSCEND transmission project with its ultra-wide ration spread of 20, which is said to be more than twice of the normal eight-speed transmission. The new transmission weighs about 20 kg less than a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and can be used in longitudinal rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive vehicles. TRANSCEND integrates a low-range gearbox, dual-clutches and hybrid technologies to improve off-road performance as well as improved fuel economy by up to 10%. With partial funding from the UK Government, the TRANSCEND project aims to improve the transmission production in the UK. The project aims at developing lighter components for transmissions along with a smaller energy footprint for manufacturing the same.
Nick Rogers said: “TRANSCEND demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to original research that improves the driving experience and the environmental performance of our vehicles. It will make manoeuvring and off-road use easier than ever before for drivers whilst also improve on-road vehicle dynamics and CO2 emissions.”
Jaguar has also confirmed its entry into the FIA Formula E Championship. With this move, the company claims to offer improved electrification technology on the back of a fast-track test bed for transferring technology from track to road.