There was a time when Jaguar designed and built some of the most advanced gasoline engines made and Land Rover built it’s own diesel powerplants that had a reputation for durablility. However, Jaguar currently buys most of its engines from Ford, an artifact of when the Dearborn automaker owned Jaguar. Jaguar hasn’t built an engine of its own design since 1997. Land Rover’s last in-house powerplant was the Td5 diesel in 1998 and the company has used a variety of engine vendors including Ford, BMW and Perkins. Next year, Jaguar Land Rover’s new $750 million dollar engine plant in Wolverhampton, England will start building a JLR designed four cylinder diesel and about a year and a half later than that the factory will start producing a turbo four cylinder petrol engine. The engine plant will have a capacity of 300,000 engines per year.
“When we manufacture our own engines ourselves, it gives us an additional degree of freedom,” said Wolfgang Ziebart, 63, Jaguar Land Rover’s group engineering director, said in August. (Read More…)