JLR is still confident that internal combustion engines will live on, with the British brand using more than £1 billion ($1.28 billion) to establish its new U.K. Engine Manufacturing Center (EMC) that will manufacture the new Ingenium petrol engines.
The company has thus celebrated the start of production of the Ingenium engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that will start reaching both Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles starting this summer. The Manufacturing Center will also deliver Jaguar’s new high-performance 2.0-liter engine, which can be had with up to 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). The two new engines will supplement the current 2.0-liter range, which has 150 hp (111 kW), 163 hp (121 kW), and 240 hp (178 kW), currently.
“The start of petrol production marks an important milestone for the plant as we move to providing a suite of ultra-low emission, said Trevor Leeks, EMC Operations Director. “High-performance petrol and diesel engines to power the full Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle line-up now and in the future.” The center has more than 1,400 employees, with 80 percent of those new employees – and they are making the engine that debuted on the Jaguar F-Type at the recent New York Auto Show.