With a recent announcement that it would swap out the V8 engine under the hood of its flagship XJ luxury sedan in favor of a supercharged V6, Jaguar will now add a 4-cylinder engine to its vehicle lineup as well.
Rather than in the huge XJ, the 4-cylinder will become the new base engine in the XF mid-size luxury sedan. The engine is the very same one used in the Range Rover Evoque, with a displacement of 2.0-liters. Mated to a turbocharger and using direct injection this Ford-sourced unit will deliver 240-hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
Much like in the XJ, the XF will also replace its V8 with a new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 delivering either 340 hp or 380 hp. Both the new V6 and 4-cylinder will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission designed to improve fuel economy.
Commenting on the product changes Jaguar Land Rover North America CEO Andy Goss says that the brand’s V8-exclusive lineup was a limiting factor in terms of overall sales, with 70 percent of the mid-size luxury models sold coming with six-cylinder engines.