With the official launch of the Range Rover Velar just days away. We take a look at the engine and transmission options Jaguar Land Rover have in their stable, we wonder which ones may make it into the Velar.
We already know that the Velar uses the same platform as the current Jaguar F-Pace. So the logical place to start is with the engine options available in that model.
4 Cylinder Diesels
Historically the F-Pace has been available with the 2.0 litre 180ps 4 cylinder ‘Ingenium’ diesel engine. This was also to be found in the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport. The was mounted to an 8 Speed longitudinally mounted automatic gearbox in the F-Pace and a 9 Speed transversely mounted automatic gearbox in the evoque and Discovery Sport. Both transmissions are manufactured by german manufacturer ZF.
Just in the last month the engine lineup in the F-Pace has been expanded to include the latest generation of 4 cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.
An eco variant 2.0 litre 163ps Diesel engine with rear wheel drive and a manual gearbox is now available. Giving a 0-60 time of 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph. Whilst achieving a combined fuel economy of up to 59.2mpg.
There is also a more powerful version of the 2.0 litre 4 cylinder diesel engine with 240ps. Achieved with the addition of another turbocharger making this a twin turbo unit. In the F-Pace this gives a useful 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 135mph. Combined MPG drops to 48.7MPG as a result. This engine has also been recently introduced in to the Range Rover Sport.
4 Cylinder Petrol
New, never seen before, petrol Ingenium 4 cylinder units have been added. Following the 0.5 litre per cylinder philosophy of Ingenium, this engine is 2.0 litres, is turbocharged and provides 250ps. 0-60 is 6.4 seconds with a top speed of 135mph. Combined MPG is 38.2 mpg in the F-Pace.
If the above engines make it in to the new Velar. We would expect the stats above to be in the region of the similarly sized Velar.
6 Cylinder Engines
The Jaguar F-Pace and Range Rover Sport is currently available with Ford sourced 3.0 litre 6 cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Ingenium 6 cylinder engines are in the pipeline but at this stage have not been seen in a production vehicle. Possibly the Velar could be a launch platform for these new Ingenium engines. More likely the Velar will initially launch with the proven Ford sourced units.
The V6 3.0 litre twin turbo diesel provides 340ps in the F-Pace which gives a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 150mph. Mpg on the combined cycle is up to 47.1mpg.
A 3.0 litre V6 360ps supercharged petrol is available in the F-Pace which would be a useful adversary to the Porsche Macan if fitted to the Velar. In the F-Pace it surges to 60mph in 5.1 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph.
The current Range Rover Sport has a hybrid power plant available as an option but not so in the Jaguar F-Pace. Jaguar Land Rover have announced an intention to develop hybrid technology into the Ingenium engine range. But at this stage it does not appear to be production ready, but maybe added at a later date.