JLR’s UK centre produces its first Ingenium petrol engine
19 April 2017
Jaguar Land Rover’s £1bn Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) celebrate production of its first Ingenium petrol engine, which will debut in vehicles later in the summer.
The inaugural petrol engines mark the completion of the first phase of the EMC; a fully flexible, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that now serves Jaguar Land Rover’s three UK vehicle plants.
Hailed as the most significant new automotive manufacturing facility in the UK in the last decade. Production of the 2.0L, four-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine, adds to its line-up, which also includes the ultra-low emission 2.0L 150PS, 163PS and 240PS four-cylinder diesel engines.
The milestone follows an announcement last week that the EMC would manufacture the high-performance 2.0L 300PS Ingenium petrol engine – the most powerful four-cylinder engine Jaguar Land Rover has ever produced – for the 18MY Jaguar F-TYPE.
The start of petrol engine production reaffirms Jaguar Land Rover’s strategic investment program to build skills and capability in the UK. Of the 1,400 people recruited at the plant, more than 80 percent live within 10 miles of the Wolverhampton plant, bringing opportunity and prosperity to the region. More than 125,000 hours of training has been undertaken to create a world-class workforce, which includes a former bus driver, a nurse, a beauty therapist and a locksmith.
The EMC has also welcomed more than 50 apprentices and graduates, all on a bespoke powertrain development program designed to support the design, engineering and production of Jaguar Land Rover advanced engine range.
Since production of the Ingenium diesel engine began exactly two years ago, the EMC has built in excess of 400,000 engines.