A new straight-six diesel engine has joined the Ingenium family of engines, which also includes Electric Drive Units (EDU), that are assembled at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) at Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom (UK).

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The renowned British brand, which described its Wolverhampton centre as an innovative manufacturing facility that supports the move to electrification and is part of the company’s Destination Zero mission, announced its production milestone on Friday 17 July.

New milestone, engine range extended

“Jaguar Land Rover has now produced over 1.5 million Ingenium engines, as the UK manufacturer celebrates its leading facility by adding a new, advanced powertrain offering.

“The EMC produces the ultra-efficient Ingenium powertrain family, providing a range of clean and electrified powertrains for all Jaguar and Land Rover models,” said the company, pointing out that the EMC provides powertrain options across all Jaguar Land Rover models with the exception of the Jaguar I-PACE.

“The advanced Ingenium family, which includes a range of clean, refined and efficient diesel, petrol and electrified engines, are built to maximise performance while at the same time reducing the environmental impact and running costs for customers.

“Developed and manufactured in-house in the UK, Jaguar and Land Rover’s all-aluminium Ingenium engine designs are modular, flexible and scalable, with common core technologies,” said the automaker.

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Providing further details, Jaguar Land Rover said the latest addition to the Ingenium range is the six-cylinder diesel engine, which offers enhanced performance, smoothness and efficiency, powering the new Range Rover and new Range Rover Sport.

Engine range extends to South Africa

The carmaker revealed that this engine is to be introduced into South Africa in the near future and under the hood of the Range Rover Sport.

“The advanced in-line Ingenium diesel engine, featuring mild hybrid technology, joins the range of clean and efficient six-cylinder petrol and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s facility in the West Midlands,” noted Jaguar Land Rover.

It said the evolving, efficient Ingenium family supports the company’s long-term commitment to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy across its vehicle range.

This forms part of the company’s Destination Zero mission and its commitment to reducing emissions and making environments cleaner “through relentless innovation”.

In support of this, Jaguar Land Rover aims to continue developing its Ingenium technology, while also continuing to advance the electrification of its model line-up and establish a concept hydrogen fuel cell powertrain solution. This would entail a collaborative approach and involve government funding for an Advanced Propulsion Centre.

For consumers ready to make the switch to electric

With direct reference to the Electric Drive Units (EDUs) which are also homed at the EMC, Jaguar Land Rover said they offered full flexibility between new petrol and diesel engines and EDUs for those customers who want to make the switch from conventional to electrified vehicles.

The Wolverhampton site is complemented by a growing electrification ecosystem in the Midlands, with the innovative and technologically advanced Battery Assembly Centre at nearby Hams Hall assembling PHEV and BEV batteries. Together, they will power the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover electrified vehicles,” revealed Jaguar land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover Powertrain operations launch director Ken Close said: “We are experiencing unprecedented demand for cleaner-running vehicles, so it’s more important than ever to deliver clean and efficient engines without compromising on the performance or all-terrain capabilities our customers have come to expect.

“Our Ingenium powertrains offer the very best of both worlds – better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, and even greater torque for a more responsive and engaging drive,” explained Close.

The EMC supplies engines to Jaguar Land Rover’s global vehicle operations, with a large majority of those powertrain units used in UK based facilities, including Solihull, home of the recently announced new Range Rover and new Range Rover Sport.

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The latest six-cylinder diesel shares its manufacturing facilities with the six-cylinder petrol engine, which was successfully launched last year. These include machining of the key architecture, cylinder head, cylinder block and crankshaft, as well as the assembly and testing of the engine.

“The EMC has utilised its extensive modern machining, assembly, test and metrology capability to successfully deliver one of the world’s leading clean diesel engines,” concluded Jaguar Land Rover.

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