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Jaguar Going Smaller Engines, Four-Wheel Drive

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On: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 5:12PM | By: Chris Weiss

Jaguar Going Smaller Engines, Four-Wheel Drive

A growing trend for big-engined luxury cars is smaller engines that use turbocharging to offer better fuel economy but similar output and performance. Jaguar is the latest automaker that will employ this strategy. Expect to see some very different Jag powertrains over the next few years.

Despite making all kinds of headlines with hybrids like the C-X75 and C-X16, Jaguar is not planning to put much emphasis on hybrid technology. The cat sees hybrid powertrains as an expensive option that makes the most sense in performance-boosting terms.

Global brand director Adrian Hallmark told Inside Line: "[Hybrid powertrains] are a very expensive solution and customers are not willing to pay for it. It makes sense in the C-X16."

Instead, Jaguar will focus on smaller gas engines and potentially bring diesels to the US. Hallmark said that the company hopes to change its US image as a V-8 brand, and will have new V-6 engines within about two years' time. Jaguar is also working on a turbocharged four-cylinder.

In another US-influenced move, Jaguar is developing four-wheel drive solutions for its cars. It wants to gain footing in snowy parts of the U.S. where its sales are lagging, and feels that a 4WD system will be necessary to increase sales in these areas. The four-wheel-drive system will be used on such cars as the XJ and XF, while Jaguar develops a crossover model that will help it to compete with more snow-savvy luxury brands like BMW and Audi.



Stephy21 | 9:28AM (Tue, Dec 13, 2011)

I think its a great idea for Jaguar to go with smaller engines, i think more people would buy them.


dwalter | 2:13PM (Tue, Dec 13, 2011)

It's kinda funny to think of a 4 cylinder Jag

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