By on June 26, 2017

2017 Jaguar XF, Image: Jaguar Land Rover

The engineers at Jaguar have crafted a new engine for the automaker, essentially filling in the last power gap in the brand’s lineup. Carrying the Ingenium name and a 30t badge, the automaker’s latest in-house mill is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder designed to fill the space between the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel and 3.0-liter supercharged V6.

What kind of power, speed and fuel economy will this bring to the 2018 XE, XF and F-Pace, you asl? Jaguar has provided us with the answers.

Generating 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the engine will be made available on uplevel trims of these three models. You’ll only find it paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Engineers at Jaguar’s Wolverhampton, UK engine plant added twin-scroll turbos with ceramic ball bearings to cut down on friction and fitted a high flow compressor wheel to boost output. The automaker has always claimed its future engines would leave the oven smooth and efficient and, while we haven’t tested it yet, the figures are certainly competitive.

Compared to the entry-level 2.0-liter in Jag’s stable, the latest four-banger increases the pony count by 49 while delivering an extra 26 lb-ft of twist. In comparison, the diesel delivers 180 hp and 318 lb-ft and the V6 manages 340 hp and 332 lb-ft.

The EPA has yet to test 2018 models equipped with the new Ingenium, so we’re left with a manufacturer’s estimate for fuel economy. In the all-wheel-drive F-Pace, Jag claims the engine will return 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg in highway driving. A zero-to-60 mph sprint should wrap up in 5.7 seconds. Both the rear-drive XF and AWD XE, when equipped with the potent 2.0-liter, should see gas mileage of 23 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

That’s the same city fuel economy as the entry-level RWD XF, and 2 mpg less on the highway.

When so equipped, Jaguar claims a rear-drive XF should reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, with the smaller XE hitting the mark in 5.2 seconds.

Besides the new engine, all three Jaguar models carry over into 2018 with little change in content. The automaker has added a gesture-controlled trunklid release to the two sedans, while all three see the addition of available Forward Vehicle Guidance and Forward Traffic Detection safety systems.

[Image: Jaguar Land Rover]

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29 Comments on “High-output 2.0-liter Engine Joins 2018 Jaguar Lineup...”

  • avatar

    Jags used to be beautiful and sensual, with walnut wood, sumptuous leather and character overload. Now they look like any cheap Korean, with that knob for shift lever and leather that looks like bonded leather purchased on There is not a thing that is attractive about the design language of current Jags.

    • 0 avatar

      I understand where you are coming from, I love the old Jags too but as beautiful as they were they simply weren’t selling and the customer base was literally dying off. Since Ford sold Jaguar to Tata in 2008 Jaguar’s R&D budget has multiplied and resulted in a slew of new models that are selling well. Ian Callum designs exquisite exteriors and if the interiors are a little stark it is by design, and it is working. By the end of April Jaguar USA had sold more vehicles than in all of 2015.

      • 0 avatar

        Don’t you know? Automakers are supposed to build products that appeal to the fancy of the B&B, even though if they still built they would never buy them.

        Car companies are not charities. Had Ford not sold off Jaguar, it was well on its way to going down the same path as Saab. Tata has done an excellent job with the brand and product mix.

      • 0 avatar

        They could also rebadge the Toyota Camry and sell even more.

        But, that would not make them a better company. Like Mercedes-Benz, they’ve traded on their established reputation to gain volume. I don’t think that’s a good long-term strategy.

        Btw, the X-Type sold extremely well (for a Jag) worldwide, but it was the car everyone cited as an example of Ford’s mismanaging of the company. Sales volume isn’t everything, and no matter what, you can’t please everyone.

        • 0 avatar

          I wouldn’t say Ford mismanaged Jaguar. If Ford hadn’t taken over Jaguar, Jaguar would have gone under. Within months of Ford taking over Jaguar, their build quality skyrocketed. Years later, their sales volume went up ten fold.

          Ford did amazing things with Jaguar. Unfortunately, they where in a position where they had to focus on their core brands, losing focus on Jaguar. Does the later indicate mismanagement? Maybe, but Jaguar wouldn’t exist without Ford.

          • 0 avatar

            Totally right on that. First thing Ford did was address quality through changing suppliers. Because of their clout Ford could negotiate long-term, low-cost deals with the best suppliers, something Jaguar could not do on its own. Look at the window sticker on a current Jaguar and there are more German parts than British.

            By 2008 Ford had run out of money/interest in Jaguar and the product line was stale. Tata has done wonderful things for the brand.

            As for volume, Jaguar does not intend to chase volume, they will be happy if the match their natural competitor Porsche for volume and more importantly profit.

    • 0 avatar

      Most of the older Jags I’ve been in had the nicest leather, wrapped around the cheapest plastics they could get away with. The plush carpets were nice too, but I wouldn’t want to deal with it in the winter.

      New Jags are a bit more anodyne, but deliberately so (it’s not the swinging 60s anymore, and London is filled with grey glass towers), and at least more consistent with the parts quality.

    • 0 avatar

      For better or worse, Jaguar (like Cadillac) has spent its development $$ on state-of-the-art, lightweight platforms and are now adding new, up-to-date powerplants.

      That doesn’t leave much $$ left over for the interiors, esp. if they want to be cost competitive.

      So Jaguar (like Cadillac) has been focusing on performance and handling prowess rather than luxury – which isn’t what the bulk of the luxury sedan market is looking for (in contrast to Mercedes, which is still using older, heavier platforms and with the $$ saved, has put it into separating their interiors from the rest of the crowd).

      To make things worse, in the search of top performance and handling prowess, Jaguar and Cadillac have not only scrimped on their interiors, but offer less passenger room as well, esp. in the rear.

      Even with the movement to crossovers/SUVs, Mercedes sedan sales have held up pretty well; can’t say the same for Jaguar or Cadillac (albeit, Cadillac does pretty well in the aggregate by offering 3 sedans – the XTS, CTS and CT6 in overlapping price.

      Same can be said of Tesla and the Model S – most of the $$ was spent on developing the platform and electric powertrain, which is why the Model S’s interior isn’t as luxurious as in the E Class, much less the S Class.

      As for the Koreans, can’t really fault the G90’s interior (still could use a bit of polishing in certain areas); the G80’s interior needs an upgrade (from the looks of it, based on spy shots, the G70 may have an interior that surpasses the G80 in numerous areas).

      And as for a mainstream brand, Kia’s interiors tend to be better than most.

  • avatar


    Say what you want about the S-type and X-type, but at least you knew what brand built them.

  • avatar

    My age, sex and location are my own business, thanks.

    Lol seriously, I haven’t seen “asl” asked since probably 2001?

    To keep it car-related, YAYYYY ANOTHER 2.0T! wow its super awesome and so unique and omg its great

    • 0 avatar

      your ASL Is kind of relevent here because it will predispose on how you will accept this ‘annoucement’.

      Over here, the BMW 330 is now a 2.0 turbo four.

      I mean… this is bullcrap. A 330 is a high spec number for BMW so I would expect it to be a 3.0 six twin turbo or at least, a 2.5 six twin turbo but no… its TTAC’s favorite format, the turbo 2.0 four.

      If you’re a gentleman of advanced age who was raised on 3.0-4.0 sixes as the “standard” motor and the V8 as the ‘performance’ option, then this new age of 2.0 fours isnt going to be acceptable.

      I grew up in an age where Jags were doctors cars with the big 4.0 six and the twin fuel tanks… and big dual exhausts.

      Now the doctor here drives a BMW 520i with… a 2.0 turbo four.

      I give up. I will continue to live in the past with the V8 until I’m dead.

      Or I will buy a Tesla Model 3.

      • 0 avatar

        This shouldn’t just be a gentlemen of advanced age thing, it wasn’t even 10 years ago that 4 cylinders only went in shitboxes for poor people. Are attention spans that short even among people successful enough to pay for a car this expensive?

      • 0 avatar

        This is generally called progress. Badge junkies aside, the modern turbo-4s make just as much, if not more, power than the last gen NA 6s, have more torque, are generally faster than their previous iterations and do it all with better gas mileage to boot.

        I love me some V8, don’t get me wrong, but what’s with all the hate on the turbo-4s?

        • 0 avatar

          Can kinda see the point – a T4 just isn’t going to smooth as smooth as a V6 (whether it’s boosted or not), much less a V8.

          And really pumping up the boost isn’t going to help reliability – which is why the T4 in various Lexus models are anemic in comparison and why Honda decided not to offer more power in the standard Civic Si.

          • 0 avatar
            Guitar man

            A supercharged V6 is available, but costs a fortune to register and run in Europe because of the CO2 tax and the cost of petrol. A lot of Jaguars are company cars you know.

      • 0 avatar


        I have come to accept that large-displacement engines are doomed. I have yet to drive a turbo car that exhibits the same instant throttle response (which, for me, is what makes a car fun) as a decent-size NA engine.

        I recently rented a Fusion hybrid and loved the instant torque. Overall, it was a far better solution than any small-turbo car I’ve driven. Throttle response was instant as there was no waiting for a turbo to spool up.

        Bring on electric power.

  • avatar

    Saw a XKE convertible today. Jags once were something special.

  • avatar

    Holding onto my G37 until one of us dies. Buying a luxury car in 2017 is like picking the toppings on your Big Mac. “Mine has extra cheese!” “Mine has no onions!” It’s the same cost driven tripe.

  • avatar

    Why stop at a 2.0L four-cylinder ? Nothing says “Jaguar” quite like a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder with 20 psi of boost.

    • 0 avatar

      Well nothing says BMW like a 1.5 turbo triple and yet…

      Nothing says GM like a turbo 1.4 four…

      Its a brave new world sir and I dont think I want to be a part of it.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Why can’t all companies adopt the 2.0L 4-holer; the 3.0L 6-holer; and the 4.0L 8-Holer as basic architecture? That would reliably cover 150HP to 600HP, which is more than enough for 99.9% of us. Oh, and CAFE standards be damned.

    • 0 avatar

      as i see it, there’s a big difference btw. a 2.0 turbo four and a twin turbo v6…

      one is ‘adequate’, the other is bordering on extreme.

      i’m also no fan of any maintenance on a v6 twin turbo, also if you mix in “turbos in the valley” or electric turbos or any of the new nonsense they are likely to foist onto you

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        A 2.0L turbo 4 will put out a reliable 300HP but you wouldn’t want it in a luxury sedan slathered with peeled cows. The same 300HP from a lightly- and imperceptibly-boosted I6 or V6 would better fit the bill.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m more of the 2-4-6 persuasion.

      2.0T I4
      4.0L naturally-aspirated V6 or I6
      6.0L naturally-aspirated V8 or V12

      I could maybe swing in for a supercharged 6-cylinder of under 4.0L or a supercharged V8 under 5.0L.

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        I like the way you think. My commuter is a 6.0L CTS-V. Were it a V-12 I’d just drive it to work; turn around; and drive home again – ad nauseum.

  • avatar

    The Honda 2.0 turbo with 10 speed auto (or 6mt) is going to be a force to be reckoned with. Its coming online at the perfect time.

    Paired with SH-AWD (i-VTM4 anyone?) it’s going to be a very attractive option and I think lure buyers out of “Luxury” nameplates.

  • avatar

    Ford royally screwed up when they effectively forced Jaguar to. Oils the S type because an American consumer focus group said they liked it. Whilst some Americans did like it Jaguars home market positively hated it as Brits didn’t want retro Jags.

    So Jaguar has had the embrace modernity which is no bad thing, however I’d like to see them spend more time on their interiors or at least just get Range Rover to design them.

  • avatar

    With a torque number like that from a 2.0T, can you say “turbo lag”?

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