The days of the v6 engine may quickly be coming to an end for Jaguar Land Rover with the recent introduction of this new i6. Check out our video coverage here or read the full story below:
What you need to know:
The new engine will be turbo- and super charged, and paired to a hybrid system
It is capable of producing 395 HP and 406 LB-FT of torque.
You will first see it this summer in the Range Rover Sport HST
The full story:
Across the industry, inline 6 engines seem to be replacing the v6. For years, BMW has held true to their inline 6 configurations but now other manufactures, such as Mercedes, are starting to transition over.
An inline 6 engine offers some benefits over its v-shaped counterpart; including being more space efficient, simpler, and arguably better sounding. With a physically smaller footprint, JLR has seemingly used this extra space in the engine compartment to hook-up a bunch of added tech to their new i6….which I should note kind of kills the point of an i6 being a more simple design.
But, these added complications come with benefits for sure. First off, the engine is turbo charged, supercharged, and a mild hybrid system. This twin-charged configuration has been around for a few years in some Volvo i4 engines but this is the first time seeing a configuration like this for a 6-cylinder…so at the very least, it will sound better than Volvo’s implementation. This complicated system is good for 395HP and 406 LB-FT of torque, a measurable upgrade over JLR’s existing v6 engine which makes 340 or 380 hp depending on the configuration.
JLR has not confirmed whether or not this new engine will replace the existing v6 but I personally would venture to guess that it will be. I image that for the next 12-18 months we will have the option for either engine but as JLR ramps up production on the new i6, I foresee production of the v6’s coming to an end.
If you want to check out this crazy new engine, you won’t have to wait long. It is already available in the UK on the Range Rover Sport HST and this model is expected to land in the US later this summer.
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