Will Jaguar or Land Rover use only BMW engines?July 24, 2019
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover announced that it plans to focus on research and development of electric powertrains.
Last month, the Bavarian company BMW and the British brand Jaguar Land Rover announced a new partnership that will focus on the joint development of next-generation electric powertrains, including electric motors, gearboxes and power electronics. The agreement between the two companies reads: “The joint team of experts from the BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover, located in Munich, will be entrusted with the further development of powertrain generation 5”. Now there is information that the partnership can be further expanded through the development of a series of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains.
A British manufacturer may start using BMW internal combustion engines, with or without electrification, for some of their future models.
This step, described as a “larger deal involving gasoline, diesel and hybrid engines,” should allow JLR to reduce its investment in ICE and instead focus its research and development budget on partnership with the BMW electrical units mentioned.
At the moment, the information is not confirmed, and it is not known which engines will be used by Jaguar Land Rover and in which models they will be installed. However, a recent rumor suggests that the updated Jaguar F-Type sports coupe could get a 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Bavarian brand, and it could be the first model of the British brand to switch to BMW engines. Interestingly, a JLR spokesperson confirmed that the automaker “does not plan to produce its four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines of the Ingenium family.
The JLR plant northwest of Birmingham will be responsible for producing the next generation of electric transmissions that will be developed in conjunction with BMW.
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