The next generation of burbling Jaguars could be a last supper for enthusiasts.
When Ford and Jaguar parted ways in 2008, the latter took some relics with it. Some of those were the V6 engines currently seen in some production models, and while they have done well in they will soon be replaced by Jaguar's new line of Ingenium engines. Like most other automakers, Jaguar wants to update its engine technology so that it can meet both tighter fuel economy and emissions restrictions and consumer demand for more power. This means getting crafty so that everyone is happy.
Automakers must pull off all of these party tricks while maintaining costs low enough to keep cars profitable. Ford did this with its EcoBoost engine line, Mazda with SkyActiv, and GM has the EcoTec engine, a name suspiciously close to Ford's successful moniker. Like global car platforms, the goal of these engines is to have parts that can be interchangeable with other engines in the family. The engines must also be easily adapted to work with hybrid drivetrains, turbochargers, and front or rear-wheel drive. When it comes to Jag's future plans, Autocar is reporting rumors that there will be a switch from V6 engines to an inline-six configuration. This is a move out of the Mercedes' and BMW playbook.
However, it does mean that the engines will have fewer moving parts, which ups fuel economy and lessens manufacturing costs. These rumors are egged on by the announcement that Jaguar Land Rover will double production capabilities at its Wolverhampton engine plant. Also, it seems that JLR's D7a architecture, which will underpin the XE, XF, F-Pace, and likely the new Defender, has the capacity to fit an inline-six under the hood and enable the rapid expansion of the Ingenium lineup. Speculation also says that Jaguar's V8 engine lineup may soon die out in favor of a JLR deal with BMW or Mercedes to supply it with V8s. Only time will tell, but we'd really prefer to keep the sexy growl of the F-Type SVR for as long as possible.