Jaguar Land Rover To Drop V8 Engines, Use Modular Aluminum Architecture On All Future Models

Jaguar Land Rover’s lineup has expanded over the past few years as the company has launched new models such as the E-Pace and Velar. The expansion is expected to continue in the future as a new report is suggesting four new models will arrive by 2024.

The first is the all-new Jaguar I-Pace which was unveiled in March and will be launched later this year. Autocar reports the model will be followed the Land Rover Defender, Jaguar J-Pace and Range Rover Allroad.

Besides the all-new models, Jaguar Land Rover will reportedly launch redesigned versions of its entire lineup by 2024. The Range Rover Evoque will be the first to go under the knife and the redesigned model is slated to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

While the Evoque is expected to ride on an updated version of its current platform, the report claims all future models will eventually be underpinned by a new aluminum platform called the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). The platform is slated to accommodate rear- and all-wheel drive layouts as well as plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains.

The platform will reportedly go into production in 2020 and it is expected to be lighter than the company’s current aluminum architecture. Little else is known about the platform, but it will reportedly debut on the new Defender. The report claims the model will be followed by the Jaguar J-Pace in 2020 and the redesigned Range Rover in 2021.

Jaguar Land Rover’s smallest models – the Evoque, Discovery Sport and E-Pace – aren’t expected to make the switch to the MLA platform until 2025 or later. However, the report says that change isn’t certain yet as the longitudinal layout would require the models to be significantly larger than they are today.

The platform wouldn’t be the only thing that is new as the report claims the next-generation of Ingenium engines – which are rumored to include a straight-six and a three-cylinder – will be more efficient and use electric turbochargers. Unfortunately, the new generation of engines will reportedly spell the end for V8 power. If true, this would be a bit of a disappointment as the 5.0-liter V8 has been a fixture in everything from the Range Rover Sport to the Jaguar F-Type.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    Wrong move IMO.
    No one offers a full size SUV with hybrid or electric power so no rivals for a non-V6.
    The V6 turbo full size SUVs will soon realize it’s a bad idea when the turbo has problems.
    You need a V8. Just make it more efficient or pair with electric power.

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      “No one offers a full size SUV with hybrid or electric power”
      Is the Lexus RH450 not a full size SUV?

      • Earl Scheib

        It’s really not.

        • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

          Oh, it is by European standards. It looks like JLR is going to lead the way.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        Or the XC90?

    • Earl Scheib

      I agree.

    • designer_dick

      So the Volvo XC90 doesn’t count as a full-size SUV? Weighing over 2,000kg and being 4,950mm makes it pretty ‘full-size’ from a European perspective.

    • Cobrajet

      The only wrong move is ending the V8. All engines will soon be turbocharged and coupled with an electric motor, so then it won’t be anything special anymore. Just having a six cylinder will just keep it downmarket to the Germans that will have a turbo hybrid V8

  • botornot387

    This is the general trend in the industry, and I have no doubts that this new generation of ingenium engines along with the added electric tech will greatly replace the V8, but I see this not going over well with all customers. I have worked for Land Rover and a large portion of the customer base won’t even look at the vehicle without a V8 on the spec sheet. Also, where does that leave the SVR models?

    • Mr. EP9

      Unless JLR makes an exception for the SVR regarding the use of V8s they are SOL.

  • TheBelltower

    This may have to do with the ability to source good 8-cyl engines. I’m sure that BMW and Ford don’t want to be involved anymore. In my own experience, JLR doesn’t have a good history with small 4cyl engines. They may be good when they’re new, but they have a very high failure rate and sound like tractors after a couple years. A 3-cyl engine would be ridiculous.

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      JLR’s history of small four cylinder engines involved Ford. Why do you think both JLR, Volvo and Mazda were all so keen to develop their own after Ford sold them on?

      Here in Europe it is common to see 1.5 3-cylinder engines, especially from premium marques like BMW.
      If JLR does it correctly, then they will be onto a winner. Companies like JLR either gear up for the 21st Century or get left behind in the 20th Century, like when Ford sold them on.

  • JackW

    The Ingenium engine lineup will include in line six cylinders which are far superior in smoothness to V-6 engines. I’m hearing horsepower and torque ratings of over 400 HP and 500 Ft-lbs of torque from a 3 liter diesel version of the ingenium six. That works for me…

  • FunctionForm

    Right. They’ll drop V8’s and then increase the displacements of the 6 cylinder engines along with the superchargers. No difference in output.

    • Cobrajet

      We can have 4.2 litre sixes again.

  • Scott Harpel

    Lets not forget the Navigator and Expedition have been EcoBoost 6 only since the facelift of the old model… and judging by the sales numbers GM realized they better put something else besides 8s in theres.

  • Elmediterraneo

    When you want V8 madeness : go to AMG

  • JLR 5.0 V8 is not the greatest, but it surely has their own appeal. They will be missed.

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