Jaguar And Land Rover Will Independently Develop Future Engines And Transmissions
|   Monday, November 25, 2013
The British from Jaguar Land Rover will once again become independent to produce and develop their own engines. The first step takes place in 2014, with the opening of an engine plant in the United Kingdom.

The British corporation owned by Tata Motors started work on an engine factory in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, in which they invested 750 million dollars. The first engine to be produced in this plant will be an in-line four-cylinder turbodiesel.
18 months later, the production line will make a turbo engine with spark ignition. The two new engines are the first units developed from scratch for the two brands, since 1990.

The British will make light and powerful engines with a displacement of 2.0 liters. Both planned units will be equipped with all the new technologies in the field from direct injection, to variable distribution. The representatives of the two brands have not provided any additional information about the models that will be equipped with the new motorizations, but the engines will be introduced both in Jaguar's as well as Land Rover's range.

The last engine produced by Jaguar, based on an in-house design, was built in 1997, while the last engine independently developed by Land Rover was built in 1998. Both brands enjoy an increase of sales in the last period. Thus, the year 2012 has marked a record of 357,000 units sold, but the company representatives are expecting to exceed that number this year.

"When we manufacture our own engines ourselves, it gives us an additional degree of freedom," stated Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar-Land Rover's new Group Engineering Director.

Reduce fuel consumption is an important goal for the new engines. Going by that idea, it is possible to have a three-cylinder diesel engine.
"If we could come up with similar performance as the four-cylinder, I think this could be an alternative, too," said Ziebart.
The new plant will be flexible and it will be able to adjust production based on consumer demand.

The company's powertrain manufacturing experts, Ziebart, said that work on the plant is being done as we speak.
"The machinery is moving in, the first machines for the block and heads are being installed. We will manufacture the first prototype engines by spring next year and first [production] engines come at end of next year."

Ziebart said that until production stars at Wolverhampton, engines will still be bought from suppliers. Its contract with Ford, for example, expires in 2020. Ford provides the Jaguar-Land Rover's V-8 and V-6 gasoline and diesel engines.
The new plant's production volume is expected to eventually reach 300,000 units per year.

He also confirmed the plant will have two lines, one dedicated for gasoline and the other for diesel, although both engines will have the same architecture.

Meanwhile, BorgWarner, is also building a close plant to manufacture turbochargers for the Wolverhampton plant. So far, they are the only ones to do that.

As far as transmissions go, Ziebart said that no plans have been made make them themselves and that they will continue to buy them from suppliers.
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