Jaguar Land Rover Opens Engine Manufacturing Plant in England
Company Confirms Brazilian Discovery Sport Production as Well
Yesterday, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) opened the manufacturing plant that will produce the automaker’s “Ingenium” family of engines. The plant, which is JLR’s first in-house engine plant in decades, is located in the West Midlands region of England and supports about 1,400 jobs.
The Ingenium engines, which were fully developed by JLR and share little with previous engine designs, will eventually be used in most JLR models, including the LR2-replacing Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Range Rover Evoque, and Jaguar’s XE and XF sedans. The next-generation Land Rover Defender is also rumored to receive a variety of Ingenium engines powered by gas or diesel.
The engine family is modular, designed around a single 500cc cylinder. That means that today’s 2.0L Ingenium I-4 could easily morph into a 1.5L three-banger or a 4.0L V-8 with relatively few changes. That will lower production and development costs significantly, helping JLR maintain its recent hot streak of profits.
Earlier this week, the automaker confirmed rumors that the Discovery Sport would be among the first cars produced in its Itatiaia, Brazil manufacturing facility. That plant should open in 2016, giving JLR additional production capacity for what will likely be one of its most popular models.
Source: Jaguar Land Rover