Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has embarked on a massive programme of investment in new models that will enable the company to expand its line-up by four new or returning nameplates by 2023, launch 99 new model variants and replace every current model by 2024.
First out of the blocks in this new era for JLR will be next year’s all-new Range Rover Evoque, which will include in its line-up a highly economical plug-in hybrid version with a CO2 rating of just 45g/km.
The new Evoque sits on a heavily modified version of the current steel platform, but the new strategy should eventually see future all-new JLR models based on the same aluminium platform, know as the MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture).
This new rear- and all-wheel-drive architecture will allow vehicles to be offered with petrol and diesel mild-hybrid engines, plug-in hybrid tech and a pure battery electric set-up.
JLR is also addressing the issue of diesel pollution with a new generation of Ingenium diesel engines that convert up to 98% of NOx emissions into harmless gases and are much cleaner than new pollution regulations require. All new models will be powered by one of three base Ingenium engines, including a new three-pot unit and a new straight six.
Electrically powered turbochargers (which improve both economy and throttle response) will be standard on future petrol and diesel engines, allowing a downsizing of JLR’s engine range. V8 engines will be dropped and replaced by high- performance versions of the new Ingenium straight six. JLR management is also investing significant effort into connectivity. All future vehicles will be connected to the web 24/7, allowing updated engine software to be automatically downloaded and JLR to monitor vehicle performance and send owners information on unscheduled servicing.