Jaguar is set to reveal significant changes as the rest of this decade unfolds, according to reports out of the US.
Motor Trend reports the Jaguar Land Rover group will shy away from its current 3.0 litre supercharged V6 powerplant and move instead to a range of inline engines based on the Ingenium family, all in pursuit of lower emissions.
While a turbocharged four-cylinder unit in a Jaguar is not out of place in the current automotive climate, Jag fans might be surprised to learn that a ‘straight six’ could be making a return.
And in another throwback to motoring from yesteryear, lopping cylinders off an inline engine could even give way to a Jaguar powered by a three-cylinder powerplant.
The straight six would likely be turbocharged to take the place of the current supercharged V6 engine, and the three-cylinder unit would almost certainly be turbocharged as well.
While a straight six might be in Jaguar’s future, it apparently won’t be powering a replacement for the ageing XK (pictured, top of page and below) coupe and convertible anytime soon.
Production on the XK was brought to a halt last year after eight years of service. As Jaguar is reportedly pleased with the sales of its F-TYPE performer however, the carmaker is understandably taking its time in replacing the XK.
And when/if that replacement does arrive, expect a refined grand tourer over a sports coupe, as the carmaker again looks to distance the XK from the F-TYPE.
Jaguar may even look to lift the XK into a new market segment, which would see it compete with the likes of Rolls-Royce and Bentley over the ‘big three’ from Germany.
Other plans for Jaguar in the years ahead reportedly include coupe, wagon and convertible versions of the XE (some of which have already been rumoured), along with larger and smaller SUV models to sit above and below the F-Pace - depending on the F-Pace’s sales figures.
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