Jaguar XF will offer a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. this fall

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 17, 2012

Beginning this fall, Jaguar will offer four- and six-cylinder engines in two of its three car lines. Since Jaguar withdrew the small X-Type from the U.S. about four years ago, it hasn’t had a four-cylinder engine available since 1948 and no V-6. However, it’s likely feeling the pressure to raise its efficiency with the current trend.

Andy Goss, the CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said that while the market has shifted to six-cylinder, Jaguar only has V-8s. The XF sedan will be offered with a 2.0-liter, 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder from the Range Rover Evoque. The XF is a four-door that rivals the BMW 5 series, Cadillac STS and Mercedes-Benz E350.

The XF and the larger XJ sedan will soon offer a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in either 340 hp or 380 hp, says AUtonews. The V-6 is based on the 5.0-liter V-8, which is currently the only engine Jaguar uses for its U.S. cars. Goss said he considers the V-6 to be a game changer. He said that about 70% of XF’s rivals are sold are powered by V-6 engines. He said that with the V-8, they’re “fishing in a small pond."

These two engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces a six-speed automatic. The fuel economy ratings won't be offered until August. The XK convertible and coupe won’t be available with these new engines and transmissions.

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