It’s undoubtedly a sign of the times when stalwart luxury automakers are downsizing their engines to boost sales. Mercedes-Benz and BMW have already reduced their engine output, in some configurations and now you can count Jaguar in too.
Today, at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, Jaguar unveiled two new powertrains that will see action in all models that arrive on our shores. A 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will join the 5.0-liter V-8 engine currently offered, but Jag promises the new mills will still deliver adequate power while increasing fuel efficiency. However, the V-8′s lifespan may not have much left if today’s announcement is any indication of where the British automaker is headed.
Starting with the smaller of the two, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 240 horsepower and will be laid out in a rear-wheel drive configuration. If this drivetrain sounds familiar, it should, as a similar powertrain is utilized in the Range Rover Evoque.
The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine features direct-injection and will have the capabilities of being tuned in two separate ways. An offering of 340 hp and 380 hp are available with the supercharged V-6, and while Jaguar didn’t come right out and say it, we expect this engine could be the successor to the V-8 if that goes by the wayside. Jaguar did say, however, that its new V-6 engine will offer comparable power and refinement seen in the V-8 engine currently in use. The first model that will definitely feature the new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine is the all-new F-Type sports car. First shown off as the C-X16 concept sports car, the newly-named F-Type will feature the new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, direct-injection, and an auto start-stop feature will be available to help boost fuel economy.
Both the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 and the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 cylinder engines will be hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter inline-4 will also supersede the 3.0-liter V-6 already in service in both the XJ and XJ sedans.