Those engines will first see action in Jaguar's BMW 3-series rival, the XE, as well as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It is understood the engines will eventually be used to power a whole range of JLR models.
Speaking at the opening of the new site, which was also attended by the Queen, Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr. Ralf Speth said: "The engine manufacturing centre represents all that is great about British engineering."
Located near Wolverhampton, the site will be home to 1400 dedicated staff who will help to build JLR's range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The firm says an extra 5500 jobs will be created in the wider automotive supply chain.
First announced in 2011, the new centre has cost £500 million to build. A total of 150 machines will work across three production lines to produce the Ingenium engine range.