Jaguar Land Rover launch new engine from APC supported project
Jaguar Land Rover has launched a new, more efficient, six-cylinder petrol engine designed and engineered in-house and manufactured in its £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton, UK.
The advanced engine is the fruits of Jaguar Land Rovers ALIVE6 APC supported project, which brought together knowledge from a consortium of UK engine experts to deliver a more efficient and lightweight engine. The developments enabled greater performance whilst reducing CO2 emissions.
The 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine, which will debut on the Range Rover Sport, is available in 360PS and 400PS versions with a torque of up to 495 and 550Nm respectively, is more responsive and better balanced than the outgoing V6 petrol powertrain.
It features a unique combination of an electric supercharger to deliver immediate response supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift, which boosts power and helps the engine to breathe with maximum efficiency.
These performance-boosting technologies, combined with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, optimises performance, fuel economy and reduces emissions. The MHEV 48V system uses a small integrated electric motor to harvest energy during deceleration, and then intelligently redeploying it to assist the engine in maximising efficiency.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said:
“We chose to engineer our own flexible engine architecture to meet our bespoke needs, allowing Jaguar Land Rover to adapt and stay ahead of changes in regulation and technology. This second wave of engines, with a Mild Hybrid 48V system and performance-boosting technologies, is engineered to be cleaner and more efficient than ever before.”
The company’s latest diesel and petrol cars are amongst the cleanest in the world and meet the new regulated laboratory and real-world tests (WLTP and RDE). They are EU6 compliant and can be driven in a number of clean air zone, making them exempt from London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) daily charge, which applies from April 2019.