News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

The Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XE are to receive a raft of updates, touted as 2018 Model Year revisions. They include the fitment of JLR’s latest Ingenium engines and a selection of specification upgrades geared towards increased model personalisation. The updates come on the back of a strong start to 2017, with an increase in sales of 20% on January 2016.

All-new Ingenium engines

The big news is the arrival of a pair of all-aluminium 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines. These will be available in 197bhp (available with XE and XF) and 247bhp forms. They’ll be badged 20t and 25t. The diesel range is bolstered by the introduction of the 237bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo Ingenium diesel.

The strengthened diesel uses uprated pistons, crankshaft and fuel injectors and is the first four-cylinder JLR engine to feature two turbos. Their sequential configuration boosts power at high engine speeds while improving responsiveness at low engine speeds. Jaguar F-Pace, XF and XE models fitted with the new diesel engine wear the 25d badge.

The new engines feature Continuously Variable Valve Lift technology for improved breathing as well as innovative electro-hydraulic valve control. This patented technology provides fully variable control of the intake valve lift for best efficiency, power and torque across the rev range. The exhaust manifold is also integrated with the cylinder head casting. Passing coolant through the manifold considerably reduces warm-up times.

Other new features

The new cars offer the option to personalise the driving experience thanks to Configurable Dynamics. The system allows drivers to set up the vehicle to suit their personal preference by choosing Normal or Dynamic settings for the engine, gearbox and steering. Adaptive Dynamics, which allows drivers to tailor the suspension settings in addition to those for the engine, gearbox and steering, when combined with Configurable Dynamics, is available as before and provides the best in dynamic personalisation.

The front seats in F-Pace and XF get winged headrests, and Dual View technology is introduced across all three models. This allows the driver and front passenger to view different infotainment displays using the central 10-inch Touchscreen display. Finally, Forward Traffic Detection, part of the surround camera system, is fitted as part of the Surround Camera System and helps drivers to place the vehicle when completing low-speed manoeuvres.

Blind Spot Assist (BSA) enhances Jaguar Land Rover’s existing Blind Spot Monitor system by using the collision warning system in tandem with the Electric Power Steering System. If BSA detects a vehicle in or approaching the blind spot when changing lanes, it will apply a gentle steering force to keep the vehicle in its lane.

The 18MY F-Pace is priced from £34,730, the XF is priced from £32,490 on-the-road and the XE starts at £28,295 on-the-road. All are available to order now.

Keith Adams


  1. Having experience of these new Ingenium engines working at a dealer, I can assure you rose-tinted spectacle crew that they are not all that great. Unit failures at 40k are common as is increased internal noise from as early as 10k. Expect customers who left the German trio to go back anytime soon.

      • Hallo John,

        You are quite correct, Brexit continues to offer us tremendous opportunities at JLR. For example, we expect shortly to be able to acquire additional manufacturing capacity at Ellesmere Port at a very attractive rate.

        Mr Rainworth: Please see me in my office on Monday morning. Coffee and biscuits will NOT be served.

        Mit besten Grüßen

        Dr Ralf

        • Dealership service reception areas have a lot in common with Doctors’ Surgery Waiting Rooms. Full of sick people. The healthy stay away in droves. Uncaring after sales service will ensure customers stay away in droves to. Creates a false impression.

          Hard enough winning new customers, driving existing ones away is all too easy with uncaring post sales dealings. Good service will ensure existing customers will retain loyalty and come back for more. It is not Rocket Science. Now retired, I used to run my own business and relied much on repeats from existing hard won clients. Time and again they will return if they are happy.

          We Brits have had our brains washed over the years with incessant “Foreign is best, British is rubbish” from all self-inflicted directions where anything UK Industry related is involved. Fake news and then some. Someone, no names no pack drill, is about to trump all that poisonous media imbalance negativity. Not before time. Furthermore many brains washed in Heavy Fuel as the DVLA records describe Diesel Engines. Hands up who did not see the Diesel thing coming. Not guilty of that myopic vision. Been banging that Diesel emissions drum for yonks based on personal observations, not what I read or heard on the broadcasting media. VAG and few others really took advantage of many who formed long queues to pay over the odds for so called “superior” product.

          If Jaguar made something which currently suited my needs, they’d have my custom. Meantime I shall just have to slum it and creep about in my aged MGs and Rovers. OK, lied lied about that last bit, I can rarely be accused of creeping about, most of my cars are petrol turbos. Good eh .. 🙂 My friend and neighbour who always buys German was visibly impressed when I gave him a lift in my aged MG ZT 1.8t recently. He was one of many who rely far too much on so called professionals to assist him on car choice and so stayed away from MG and Rover showrooms when they were available new. His loss and indeed the losses of many others. More than a few having cause to regret their choice of car after heavy impacts, on their wallets.

          It’s what us Brits do, or, just maybe, did since June 23rd. I for one live in hope.

          • John, what you say about seeing the Diesel problem looming is correct, they were promoted simply for their lower CO2 emissions not for any other benefits. The reason the CO2 is lower is due to their greater fuel efficiency, and you can’t get away from that when comparing Diesel with Petrol. Basically there isn’t one fuel that beats all others, whether that’s petrol, Diesel or any form of electric power.

            You are also correct when you say that good customer service generates customer loyalty. That’s largely why the German manufacturers have dominated the market for the last 20 years or so – repeat business from loyal customers. Why are these customers so loyal ? Largely due to being made to feel special and welcome when they turn up to have their ‘unreliable’ BMW, Audi or Merc repaired.

            Other manufacturers try to emulate the Germans but usually fall short, or they may do well for a while but then lose interest when they don’t see instant results.

            I have spend my own money and company money on new and used MG and Rover products, back in the days when they were a realistic option, and I bought those cars with open eyes about the customer service (I also spent quite a few years in BL and ARG dealerships !)

            More recently I’ve bought German and looked at other makes as well. What keeps me with the Germans isn’t just the perceived quality of the cars, but also the feeling that when something does go wrong someone at the dealership will care enough to want to do something about it.

          • The diesel car was indeed promoted over petrol cars by taxation breaks following considerable lobbying by the motor car industry for the value of CO2 emission reduction, but at the same time the industry promised to reduce toxic emissions of Nox via an extended timescale for introduction of the Euro 4/5/6 emissions standards. In the case of the petrol car, Nox standards were easily met, in the case of the diesel car, the manufacturers only made token efforts to control Nox emissions,, despite receiving funding by subsidised loans and grants from the ECB to develop DPf and SCR/Adblue systems. In the recent post-VW tests it was found that 4 of 5 Euro 6 petrol cars were compliant being below 60 micrograms/km of Nox, whereas the Euro 6 diesel cars were typically exceeding 500 micrograms/km of Nox, and not a single diesel car model met the diesel 80 microgram compliance limit.

            Damage-limiting diesel apologists attempt to blame the “Government” for the dieselgate fraud, but it was NOT the “Government” who wrote the defeat device software or denied its existence to the regulators.

    • Jaguar are not alone in this, these highly boosted engines have across the board earned a reputation for being fragile and not so very refined, this includes BMW,Merc,VAG and Volvo.

      Did we really expect anything else, with all these complex electronics, filters, hydraulics, variable pitch turbo’s etc. 237 hp from 2 litre diesel 2 decades ago I was impressed to get 110 from by Pug diesel turbo.

      Sadly I think we are living in the final decades of the internal combustion engine, the combined push on congestion, air quality and CO2 will see it disappear from our Cities.

      I now travel quite often in Gothenburg on an all electric bus that tops itself up with a 5 min recharge at each end of its route. This has been running now for a couple of years and can’t think of a good reason why in decade why any new city bus will not be electric.

  2. For a degree of balance, is now a good time to mention catastrophic cam chain failures on “fitted for life” camchains on BMW N47 2.0 Diesel engines?

    I’m not sure I’d put the above comments about Ingenium engines onto a public website, under my full name, if the organisation that paid my wages depended on the success of this engine to stay in business.

    • Good balance there John… far too many non-believer infidels about where UK manufacturing is involved. Most of our “We’re cleverer than you” media in the spearhead of what was once incessant negativity.

      My always buys foreign younger brother told me his “I always wanted a BMW John” is a very nice car but, he’s getting rid as to get it through the next MoT will need four figure spend on suspension renewals alone. He’s thinking of getting a … KIA.

      Further more in the interests of balance, my “They all do that” MG-ZT-T 1.8t cost me less than fifty quid to get through the MoT recently. That included the MoT test fee. The pre-test failure check revealed a non-working Headlamp Washer Motor ( BMW part ~ Oh the irony ) and I sourced a good used one from a breaker BMW. The other failure which was a first for me, in the tester’s opinion one of the indicator bulb lights was not yellow/amber enough. How about that.

      By the way, you must realise you are wrong about that. Unlike Timing Belts, Chain driven Camshafts never break. Widespread confirmation on the internet and everything so must be kosher.

      Finally. I think the MG3’s engine is Cam chain driven. By the way, with “They all do that” in mind, is there much evidence anywhere of so called Cylinder Head Gasket “failures” in the Chinese update of the former Rover Group’s K-Series fitted to their MG6? I have fitted an MG6 engine to an MG ZT-T 1.8t.

  3. When will the 6-cylinder petrol Ingenium appear ? Would be good to see a 6-cylinder in an F-pace with sufficient expensive items (e.g. leather seats) taken out to get the list price below the new £40k tax threshold

    • Not great to hear about the engine problems but anyone working at a dealer is surely going to witness mechanical problems. My fathers friend worked for an Audi main dealer as service manager for 15 years and was always gloomy about problems with the cars, but then that is par for the course right? I have a 330D BMW with so far no problems but the owners forum is full of people with breakdowns – doesn’t make German cars bad?

      Yep look forward to these, a missing from the range for me. Pity so many exec saloons are 2.0 diesels now but I’d struggle to back to one of these, straight six would be so much better. Though Land Rover seems to better at refinement on these engines if you read the latest Discovery reviews.

      • Just because some bloke on the internet you’ve never met and most likely will never meet has downloaded his bile duct with his views of the Ingenium Engine is no guarantee that there is actually anything wrong with them. The motoring press are certainly not raising concerns and neither are owners on various Jaguar forums. By the way in the photograph of the F Pace accompanying this piece, the car in that colour and wheel/trim combination looks far better than any I have seen to date. In the real world most seem to be in gangster rap spec. (That’s only the opinion of some bloke in the internet you’ve never met mind)

  4. It is weird how the British disease of rubbishing anything home grown is continuing.
    Most of our decline in our manufacturing industry (now 8th in the world) is self-inflicted as this site often shows. However the rise of JLR is something to be praised and as with all manufacturing there will be issues especially with early production units.
    60% of our manufacturing companies are non-UK owned and we must thank those foreign investors for believing in us as the UK does not. This is because of our culture of flogging off businesses, the short termism of our financial institutions, lack of large UK conglomerates, governments only interested in inward rather than internal investment AND the public’s culture of not caring. So those who enjoy Dutch made HP sauce from a US company and shop at Aldi….and voted Brexit…up ya bum! Rant over

    • Good grief MM. I am not alone. I’ve been banging those UK self-inflicted Drums for years. Just maybe since June 23rd, despite much dilution, we still show we have sufficient quantities of the “Right Stuff” to not only survive outside the parasitical womb that the crumbling EU has become now, but to thrive out of it. It won’t happen tomorrow or even after two years and some will have to pay more than others. Overall, Team UK must survive so all will benefit. It will take time like most things worthwhile. However, with the importance of the longer term in mind, something you rightly stress and those we entrust to the Nation’s well being appear to appreciate now, it is the best thing to happen in the longer term interests of this Nation’s well being I can ever remember.

      So Team UK, it’s up to us all. Make it so.

  5. At last the petrol Ingeniums are finally launched, 2 years after the diesel. I imagine this will boost sales outside Europe where diesels aren’t popular, and the existing Ford petrol engine uncompetitive.

    As an aside, I know it’s fashionable to copy the German “photocopier” form of styling, where all your cars look very similar, but I had to google the XE so that I would work out which of the 2 saloons was the XE, and which was the XF

  6. Not great to hear about the engine problems but anyone working at a dealer is surely going to witness mechanical problems. My fathers friend worked for an Audi main dealer as service manager for 15 years and was always gloomy about problems with the cars, but then that is par for the course right? I have a 330D BMW with so far no problems but the owners forum is full of people with breakdowns – doesn’t make German cars bad?

  7. Since the petrol engines are only just being introduced , Kenny Rainworth’s ( is there such a person ? since no such name appears on a quick search of a UK voters’ register) observations cannot apply to them . Similarly, since the diesels now have alterations to the technology, the same must apply . It all makes his knocking post rather pointless , unless of course his employer / customer has managed to put 40,000 miles on a car in a matter of days!!!

  8. Have put 20k miles on my XE with ingenium diesel in last 18 months and it’s been perfect. Going better now than when it was new, and mine is one of the early ones.

    Had clutch go at 11k miles on a Mini Cooper S and BMW were useless. Number of other customers in the BMW service centre with knackered engines.

    In summary, all car companies will build the odd lemon – that’s what warranties are for.

    Very happy with my XE.

  9. Coming back to the original article, the other big gap Jag have now filled for 18MY is that the XF is now finally available with both a 6 pot and a decent luxury spec. Previously if you wanted the 3.0 litre 6 cylinder, it was only available with a lower spec Sport trim. Strangely, the most luxurious Portfolio spec was only available with the smallest engine, the 2.0 litre 4 cylinder. Not very Jaguar, and many trad Jag owners weren’t well catered for. And the 3.0 litre S (sport spec) cost more than the old Portfolio to boot.

    There is now the true successor to my 2012 Portfolio 3.0 Diesel S, and a worthy top of the range XF.

  10. Having sampled the delights of Jaguar dealers lately I would take anything that comes out of their mouths the work of Jack-o-nory.. so should ignore post No.1

    Such as shame.. as with many other manufacturers the dealers dont give a damn once they’ve taken your money with very poor aftersales and service.

    In my recent experience it is the dealers themselves that have a long way to catch up the German competitors, not the cars.

    On a more positive note… Good to see JLR striding forwards and broadening their appeal further

    • Think it’s pot luck with dealers – of any brand. My pal has had major issues with two arrogant Mercedes dealers and won’t ever return – another with indifferent service by BMW.

  11. I manage a reasonable fleet of cars representative of most makes. We have 4 Jaguar XE diesels with after 2 years an average of 87000 kilometres. Have proved considerably more reliable than our BMW 320d and Audi A4 models. Only complaints from drivers have been over silly trim details and one that was delivered with bootlid out of alignment. Not one reliability issue and superb to drive. Am so impressed I will be offering them to family members on taking them off fleet.

  12. As EV traction batteries improve in capacity and reduce in cost we may be seeing the last generation or two of “new” designs of motor car internal combustion engines, Germany have issued a mandate that all new cars registered in the country from the year 2030 will be zero emissions, if more countries follow suit, then research and development in internal combustion engines will be falling off by 2025, only 7 years away!

  13. These are good news for XE/XF, however, production figures are still very low.
    The X-Type (and S-Type) were deemed failures as it never achieved the 50,000 and 100,000 per annum sales target Ford dreamt of, weren’t they over-optimistic? (Best are 53K units for S-Types 99 and 2000 and 69K for X-Types in 2002)
    I found some info, not sure how reliable they are but the numbers after 2008/2009 aren’t THAT great for XF and XE as neither has yet reached the 50,000 mark!!!!
    The 3 Germans “premium brands” must be still sleeping without worries…
    Sales by models ’96-’15>>>
    2016 and mid-’17sales >>>

    Jaguar salvation will be F & I-Pace, not “THE” traditional Jaguar, per say, but then if it keeps the Leeper aflot….

  14. The news is Jaguar are to cease competing with mainstream BMW and Mercedes, in the future a Jaguar will be a vehicle from the at least £100,000 strata of car purchasing

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