While Jaguar Land Rover still has yet to confirm power or fuel economy ratings for its new Ingenium four-cylinder turbo engines, the company did let slip one key bit of news. The engines will be able to be mated to automatic or manual transmissions.
That’s important given that Jaguar Land Rover doesn’t currently sell any manual-transmission vehicles in the U.S. With the company’s new generation of engines designed for that option, there’s a slim possibility we could see a stickshift Jaguar or Land Rover product in the future.
The Ingenium engines will first be used in the forthcoming Jaguar XE, a smaller sedan that will rival the likes of the Audi A3, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A 2.0-liter turbo gasoline and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel will almost certainly be the car’s launch engines. The news that the engines will work with manual transmissions gives us a glimmer of hope Jaguar could build a stick-shift XE. The Jaguar XE goes on sale in the U.S. in 2016.
After that car, the Ingenium engines could conceivably be used in a wide range of Jaguar Land Rover products. European bureau chief Georg Kacher previously reported that an entry-level version of the Jaguar F-Type sports car will use a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. Based on today’s announcement, we’re crossing our fingers such a model could even offer a manual transmission, as currently all F-Type variants have automatics. Kacher also revealed that Jaguar will sell an A-Type compact before the end of the decade. This smaller, more efficiency-minded four-door crossover also seems an ideal choice for the thrifty Ingenium engines.
The new Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engines will be turbocharged four-cylinders, and will have many common modular components between gasoline and diesel engines. The mills will likely displace 2.0 liters to start but could be adapted to larger or smaller sizes in the future. The first application is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, named AJ2000D, which will go into production in the U.K. early next year.
Other new details on the Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engines include the fact that they will all be fitted with a stop-start feature, and that they can all work with rear-, all-, or four-wheel drive — the latter hinting Land Rover may also use this engine for off-road-capable vehicles. The Ingenium engines put a heavy focus on efficiency, using tricks like variable-flow oil and coolant pumps, roller camshaft bearings for reduced friction, an offset crankshaft, and piston-cooling oil jets. The engines are also setup so they can easily have hybrid drivelines added. Jaguar Land Rover claims that Ingenium mills will be as much as 176 pounds lighter than an equivalent outgoing engine.