The era of V8 hegemony is over at Jaguar; the current lineup, which offers no alternatives with fewer than 8 cylinders or 5.0L of displacement, will be getting two new engine offerings – including a 4-cylinder option.
Both the XF and XJ will get a 3.0L Supercharger V6 option, available in 340 and 380 horsepower trim levels. The V6 is sorely needed for the XF, given that 70 percent of its competitive set is sold with 6-cylinder engines.
Most surprising is the use of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0L 240 horsepower 4-cylinder (essentially a Ford Ecoboost engine) in the XF. Then again, the BMW 528i is proving that a 4-cylinder in a mid-size luxury car is an acceptable, if not optimal choice of motivation. An all-new 8-speed automatic will be available on both engines, no doubt helping to bump up the fuel economy numbers even further.
Rumors of downsized engines for the Chinese market (where a vehicle’s tax burden is related to engine size) have been circulating for some time, but it looks like the United States will be invited to the downsizing party as well. One would think that a Jaguar customer wouldn’t be concerned with such trifling matters as fuel bills, but the 4-cylinder XF and V6 XJ will likely bring in both first time customers and the sort of eccentric, wealthy types who value both frugality, and not driving a German marque. Luckily, the big V8s look like they’re here to stay.