Jaguar unveils two new powertrains to enhance customer choice
By THEODORE OPARA
RENOWNED luxury car maker, Jaguar has added two more forced-induction petrol engines to its range for 2013. The two new powerplants, 3.0-litre V6 250KW supercharged petrol and four cylinder 2.0 litre 177KW turbocharged petrol joined Jaguar’s existing engine range comprising 5.0 V8 supercharged 375KW, 2.2 litre (turbo diesel) 140KW, 3.0 litre V6 Td (twin turbo diesel) 202KW.
The new forced-induction engines already fitted to the Jaguar XF and XJ models have expanded Jaguar customers choice of engine variant. The 3.0 V6 superchaged churns out 250KW @ 65000rpm and 450Nm of torque between 3500 and 5000 rpm. This engine also accelerates from 0-100Km/h in just 5.9 seconds with a top speed 250Km/h. Returning a combined fuel economy of 9.41/100Km the engine emits just 224/Km of Co2.
The new 2.0-litre Turbocharged petrol version which delivers 177Kw, accelerates from 0-100Km/h in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 241Km/h while its combined economy stands at 8.9 1/100Km.
Presenting the new engines to Motoring Journalists from across the sub-Sahara Africa at the Karkloof Spa, before the day’s test-drive in Durban, South Africa, recently, Stephen Coxley, Product Investigation Manager Jaguar Land Rover, South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa explained that the two engines were the results of Jaguar’s Research and Development Units to offer the most powerful and yet economical engines to its customers.
According to him, the respective supercharging and turbocharging technology used in each engine means they offer efficiently delivered high specific power and torque output. The engines deliver their power through smooth eight speed automatic transmission.
He further explained that the all new four cylinder 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, because of its efficiency and power has replaced the former 3.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol AJ-V6 in XF model range.
“The 2.0 litre produces 177Kw and 340Nm, offering greater performance than Jaguar’s existing naturally-aspirated V6, but with four cylinder economy,” he said.
Also, the amazing performance of the new 3.0 litre V6 supercharged petrol did not come as a surprise given the fact that it drew on key technology used in Jaguar’s award winning 5.0-litre V8 and has significantly higher specific performance than the naturally aspirated version of the engine. This engine shares a lot with the 5.0 litre version, including the intelligent stop-start system when in traffic. With the arrival of the two new engines, Jaguar hopes to win more market shares in the two segments.
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar cars, excited by the performance of the new engines said “Jaguar currently has its strongest range of products for several decades. Our continued growth is dependent on two things; activating the awareness of the brand and expanding our range to enable us to access new customers in both existing and emerging market.
The introduction of these two additional forced-induction petrol engines is integral to his ambitious plan.”