In the times of dwindling fortunes of the automobile and the arrival of scalable technology in car design as saviour, the companies that could create platforms that are flexible to accommodate a large number of products with just a minor tweaking of the base design are the companies that will not only survive in the longer term but also would be able to create designs and final products much faster. However, this is the beauty part of engineering, on the other hand as the time goes, most of the companies will more or less follow the same pattern and this would mean certain technologies and design ideas will be accepted more while some other less suiting technologies and designs will eventually seize to exist. This means that, by design replicating a single cylinder engine in to a straight inline engine with multiple cylinders is way easier and economical, than say; make a single ‘V’ expand into a range. This is something the Tata Motors owned iconic British manufacturers Jaguar and Land Rover pretty well understand and this has resulted in the decision that would lead to straight 6 engines replacing the Jaguar Supercharged V6 arriving at JLR from 2017.
This also means that stunning aural delight of supercharged V6 from JLR is going to be confined to the history books, which is rather sad. As per the reports doing round, this all new 3.0 liter straight six from JLR will believe in equality and burn both diesel and its cleaner cousin, petrol fuels to produce maximum power outputs in the range of 275 to upwards of 500bhp. The possibility of this happening lays into the scalability of the JLR’s all new Ingenium series on engines and their design. Thus, adding two more cylinders to their current crop of four cylinder direct-injection turbo engines by JLR was, well, just a matter of time. This should mean that by doing it JLR is going to save quite a bit on the manufacturing cost and production efficiency front.
The benefits of the scalable engine technology has been spectacularly showcased by BMW already as it has been sizing up and down its range of inline engines as per the need lately, helped by the fact that the standardised size of a cylinder being 500cc. Jaguar is going to charter more or less the same route with its all new Ingenium series of engines with a mostly aluminium architecture, that has a possibility of even having a small-ish three cylinder in line for future ‘smaller than XE’ models that Jaguar might want to bring for keeping the likes of Audi A3 , Mercedes CLA and BMW 2 Series honest. On the other hand, these engines can go to the other side of the power spectrum with power outputs well in excess of 500bhp and will be able to power anything in the JLR portfolio and there is another small thing of these inline’s suiting better for hybrid technology also.
As per reports by Car, the JLR Ingenium with a 3.0 liter capacity will have at least six versions that will be capable of producing 300, 400 or 500 and beyond horsepower while the series for the diesels will start off with 275bhp along with traditional tunes offering specs of 335 and 400bhp and all the torque that might be needed to move mountains and more. Whatever, be it, it does sound like the world is moving towards same sort of ideas and designs that would in turn be great for all the profitability and the environment but would also mean that uniqueness will get a hit. Not taking anything away from the glorious inline engines, however, if you loved the Supercharged V6’s from the legendary British manufacturers, then do remember, straight 6 engines arriving at JLR from 2017 and there is not much time left.