By on July 16, 2012

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.

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  • avatar
    Marko

    Jaguar is losing out on a lot of customers by not offering AWD.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Or a diesel manual trans wagon ;}

  • avatar
    Darkhorse

    Why doesn’t Jaguar go back to the engines that established the marque in 1950s through the 1980s- inline DOHC sixes? End BMW’s monopoly.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      If I’m not misaken, it’s harder to get inline sixes to hit emissions targets. Couple that with the packaging advantages of a V6 (both for aerodynamics and pedestrian safety) and that the move away from the I6 really hasn’t hurt them, I’m not sure they’ll see reason to go back.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Vee-eight, Schmee-eight. What happened the the V-12?

    I suppose it’s becoming a 4- or 6-cylinder world. I also suppose it’s a Hyundai world, too, as there must be a conspiracy theory that all new sedans must closely resemble a Sonata…

  • avatar
    noxioux

    Well, if you’re going to make them look like a puffed-up CamCord, you might as well pull the rest of their teeth.

    If Jaguar can’t do any better, they might as well quit. Their cars currently have about as much passion in them as a bowl of white toast in milk. Toning them down even further would be criminal.

    • 0 avatar

      Have you driven any of the current Jaguar line?

      • 0 avatar
        28-cars-later

        Driving may be a whole different story no doubt, but from the outside the cat has lost its spots. The only one I can stomach to look at is the current XJ, but even its lost some classic design cues… bonnet not long enough, lack of leaping cat, grilles look too flat instead of a slight protrusion, the overall lines are not horrible but they seem too subdued. If there was one brand I would expect to resist the killer bland Camcord fever, it would be JLR. Jaguar’s are supposed to be daring, sexy, and stand out in a crowd, which is the main reason they have a following at all after thirty years of mostly unreliable models.

      • 0 avatar
        salhany

        I can’t imagine saying that the current XJ doesn’t stand out in a crowd. It looks like nothing else on the road.

      • 0 avatar
        28-cars-later

        Actually the first time I saw the new XJ I had mistaken it for an Infiniti.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    I don’t buy for a minute that Jaguar’s problems are because potential customers of a $60k-$100k car want a less powerful engine to save money on gas. So what would the V6 vs V8 option save the average Jaguar customer? $12 a month in fuel?

    Maybe for overseas buyers where gas is much more heavily taxed, but if I’m buying a new Jaguar, make mine a V8.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      It might not make a big difference to Jag’s buyers, but I’m sure they’re hoping to pull their fleet average fuel economy up a bit to lower EPA fines.

      • 0 avatar
        28-cars-later

        Perhaps this is a benefit but they have have what five years of post-Ford ownership to clean up shop a little, why now worry about CAFE fines? If dot gov is involved then its probably the British gov’t pushing for the switch, not the US, which would be puzzling since Jags have a TDI option in Europe, how much more efficient can it get?

        Its probably a supplier issue, the supplier’s (Ford?) engine stock is changing and so must JLR.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Jaguars XF sales figures are warped to some degree by the lack of 4 cylinder engines available to them. According to a friend of mine who works for Jag they can’t source enough engines from Ford to meet demand. First dibs goes to Range Rover on 4 cylinders because of their profit margins. That why JLR is racing to build its own engine plant in the UK.

  • avatar
    red60r

    Right! Bring back those cast-iron juggernauts with long strokes, SU side-draught carbs, and a serious thirst for 10w30. Still, nothing else has that I6 snarl.

  • avatar
    Dimwit

    Almost everyone forgets how small JLR is. As Tstag has pointed out, Jag doesn’t have their own engine plant anymore. They have to source all their engines and if the manufacturers aren’t making 8′s or I6′s or whatever, then Jag’s got a problem. Ford really stepped down in 2008 with large engines. Most others have followed suit.

  • avatar
    danwat1234

    A turbo 4 cylinder with a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain would be nice.


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