High-output 2.0-liter Engine Joins 2018 Jaguar Lineup

2017 Jaguar XF, Image: Jaguar Land Rover

The engineers at Jaguar have crafted a new engine for the automaker, essentially filling in the last power gap in the brand’s lineup. Carrying the Ingenium name and a 30t badge, the automaker’s latest in-house mill is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder designed to fill the space between the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel and 3.0-liter supercharged V6.

What kind of power, speed and fuel economy will this bring to the 2018 XE, XF and F-Pace, you asl? Jaguar has provided us with the answers.

Generating 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the engine will be made available on uplevel trims of these three models. You’ll only find it paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Engineers at Jaguar’s Wolverhampton, UK engine plant added twin-scroll turbos with ceramic ball bearings to cut down on friction and fitted a high flow compressor wheel to boost output. The automaker has always claimed its future engines would leave the oven smooth and efficient and, while we haven’t tested it yet, the figures are certainly competitive.

Compared to the entry-level 2.0-liter in Jag’s stable, the latest four-banger increases the pony count by 49 while delivering an extra 26 lb-ft of twist. In comparison, the diesel delivers 180 hp and 318 lb-ft and the V6 manages 340 hp and 332 lb-ft.

The EPA has yet to test 2018 models equipped with the new Ingenium, so we’re left with a manufacturer’s estimate for fuel economy. In the all-wheel-drive F-Pace, Jag claims the engine will return 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg in highway driving. A zero-to-60 mph sprint should wrap up in 5.7 seconds. Both the rear-drive XF and AWD XE, when equipped with the potent 2.0-liter, should see gas mileage of 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

That’s the same city fuel economy as the entry-level RWD XF, and 2 mpg less on the highway.

When so equipped, Jaguar claims a rear-drive XF should reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, with the smaller XE hitting the mark in 5.2 seconds.

Besides the new engine, all three Jaguar models carry over into 2018 with little change in content. The automaker has added a gesture-controlled trunklid release to the two sedans, while all three see the addition of available Forward Vehicle Guidance and Forward Traffic Detection safety systems.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]