Currently reading: The Jaguar XF for 2020
New 1.8-litre engine with 240bhp and 100g/km of CO2 planned

A diesel-powered Jaguar XF with CO2 emissions of just 100g/km will be in production by 2020, according to the company’s chief powertrain engineer.

Ron Lee said the plan will involve Jaguar dropping today’s V6 diesel powerplant for a 1.8-litre four-pot producing 240bhp, and driving a nine-speed auto ’box.

Future petrol XFs will get a four-cylinder unit of between 1.5 and 1.8 litres, expected to produce 170bhp per litre.

The cost of producing such engines could mean the 1.8 litre will need to be widely used to achieve economies of scale, and it could end up in Land Rovers.

Lee also revealed that much of the research into the engines will be carried out by Leeds and Loughborough universities.

JLR plans to mix fuel-saving technologies. Lee said that in 2020 over 70 per cent of XF sales could be made up from 100g/km models. Older, large-engined variants and hybrids would make up another 10 per cent each.

To get to the XF of 2020, Jaguar will introduce a new 2.2-litre four-pot diesel with stop-start and an eight-speed auto ’box. This combination will offer the same performance as the original 2.7-litre Jaguar V6 diesel, but with CO2 emissions of 150g/km.

A more efficient 2.0-litre version of this engine is pencilled in for 2016, with an upgraded turbo and low-friction internals. When combined with a new electrical power steering system and a ‘lighter’ XF body, it should emit 130g/km of CO2.

The final move to 100g/km will come in 2020, with the new high-power, 1.8-litre engine.

2020 Jaguar XF tech

Active aerodynamics

Low Cd figures are a must for future cars, so lots of work will go into reducing turbulence around the wheels. Active aerodynamics will involve moving spoilers and diffusers.

Nine-speed auto ’box

The new nine-speed auto could be connected to the car’s cooling system, to help warm the oil more quickly. This would reduce internal friction and load on the engine just after start-up.

Lighter body

Plans for a ‘lighter’ XF in 2016 are still shrouded in secrecy, but this could be the point at which the XF switches to an all-aluminium platform from today’s steel. If not, Jaguar could save weight by fitting all-aluminium doors and an aluminium boot lid.

Quieter drivetrains

“We’ll need to engineer very sophisticated dampers, engine mounts and absorbers for new engines and drivetrains,” said Lee. “We’ll also have to work on sound quality management to make sure the engine sounds good.”

Strong engines

The high-output four-cylinders will use new materials (including the block and bearings) and construction techniques (especially block stiffness and headgasket design) to cope with the massive stresses associated with huge power densities. “These engines will have to be mechanically very strong,” said Lee. Ancillaries can also be “placed more flexibly” because space is liberated through engine downsizing.

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Friction reduced

Aside from low-resistance tyres, low-friction wheel bearings will have to be designed. Low-friction brakes, which do not allow the pads to drag against the discs, are also possible.

Advanced cooling

Cooling systems for the new engines will have to mark another huge step forward, says Lee. Thirty per cent of the engine’s output is lost in heat and dispersing this from a four-cylinder is more difficult than from a six-cylinder.

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lilianna 4 April 2014

Good choice of engines though

Good choice of engines though and maybe it will keep Renault afloat in the UK with the downsized range.
Rover P6 3500S 19 April 2010

Re: The Jaguar’s XF for 2020

High praise indeed. However, the XF is too much of a lard-arse, and BMW's engines are much better (V8s apart). Also, the XF's visibility is awful, and this shows in its styling - the ratio of glass to metal is far too low. The XF needs to look more like a 21st century equivalent of the original XJ (but not like the X350/X358 XJ - they need their cars to look modern). Also, they badly need an estate variant, aluminium construction and a new range of very small, probably supercharged straight-six engines. Bill Lyons must be spinning in his grave at the thought of a four-pot diesel Jag - well, a four-pot Jag of any kind. The original Jag four-pot engine was killed off in the late 40s as being neither necessary nor desirable, and so it should be with the new Jags. They need to find a way of making straight-sixes compact, light and efficient enough to do the job - including insulating the engine blocks, to keep the engines warm, thus removing the biggest barrier to good fuel economy, the cold engine.

Oh, and they need a Lynx Eventer-type shooting brake version of the XK.

Buzz Cagney 7 April 2010

Re: The Jaguar’s XF for 2020

Interesting comments from one of the contributors in Mercedes Enthusiast mag. this month. He concedes the XF is probably the best car in its class. He does qualify it with an 'unfortunately there is no estate and a smaller choice in the range'. Still, high praise I would say.