Jaguar Land Rover has announced two new Ingenium petrol engines for the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.
While British Leyland, and therefore Land Rover, became something of a joke when it boiled down to advancements in technology – you could still buy mechanicals designed in the 1940’s by 1985 – the same cannot be said of Land Rover today. Packing modern Land Rovers with more technology than the machine used to keep Katie Hopkins looking human requires to operate successfully, the innovative designs of JLR’s new engines has allowed a vast increase in fuel economy and power. Something that would make British Leyland bigwigs turn in their graves.
The 2018 model year Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque will both receive JLR’s all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, offering either 240 or 290bhp, the first introduction of the new petrol Ingenium family into Land Rover vehicles.
Supporting the company’s long-term commitment to reduce vehicle emissions and give customers more miles per gallon, the new four-cylinder engine will be produced at JLR’s £1 billion factory in Wolverhampton.
Highlighting that these new engines are the most advanced Land Rover has ever developed would once have found journalists and drivers snorting with disbelief, but today it’s a very different game. Land Rover has dominated the luxury SUV market with the Discovery and Evoque, and rather than sticking some fancy bits onto a Rover V8 as per the ‘olden days’, we know this powertrain will be state-of-the-art and deliver everything required to keep Land Rover ahead of the pack.
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Churning out 15 per cent more power than the previously-avalilable GTDi, the new 240bhp Ingenium petrol engine enhances refinement with ‘low-friction technologies’ – allowing fuel economy to scrape 39mpg and delivering 109g/km of CO2 emissions.
The 290bhp variant accelerates from 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds and will propel you up to 144mph.
For customers yearning to save money and the planet, the front-wheel-drive eCapability eD4 150bhp diesel Evoque continues to be available, offering 67.3 mpg and a combined cycle figure of 109g/km of CO2.
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK said, ‘I am delighted that we can offer customers even further choice with these additions to our Discovery Sport and Evoque ranges.
‘We are at the cutting edge of clean engine technology, and the introduction of these new engine options, both diesel and petrol, reflects our ongoing investment and commitment to relevant, efficient engines for our vehicles.’
British Leyland were unavailable for comment.