Jaguar has revealed details of three new engines at the Beijing motor show, including a 375bhp supercharged V6 that will power the new Jaguar F-Type and a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol that will go on sale in the XJ and XF.
The F-Type’s 3.0 V6 engine will be unique to that car, in which installation it will reach peak power at 6500rpm, and an impressive peak torque output of 332lb ft between 1800rpm and 4000rpm. The XF and the XJ will get the same engine but in 335bhp tune and in conjunction with an eight-speed auto, replacing the 5.0 V8 currently available in those models. This is a key introduction for the Chinese market, which is likely to become JLR’s biggest market by the end of 2012.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder destined for the XJ is derived from the Evoque’s petrol engine. It will produce 238bhp at 5500rpm and 251lb ft between 1800 and 4000rpm and will replace the XF and XJ’s six-cylinder unit, with sales starting this summer.
Ralf Speth, CEO of JLR, told Autocar that, “we have to make sure that combustion engines are further refined, even if hybrid propulsion may be the only way to meet CO2 targets in the longer term.”
Speth was also adamant that “pure electricification doesn’t make sense at the moment. Not whilst we are still reliant on coal-fuelled power stations in some countries.”