Jaguar to Drop Supercharged V6 for Turbo Straight Six, May Build J-Pace SUV

      Jaguar Land Rover engineers have been working overtime for quite some time now, and we're here to discuss the next steps Jaguar will make in its quest for expansion.
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The Big Cat is soon expected to change its purring tonality a little bit. As Motor Trend writes, Jaguar will most likely drop its current supercharged 3-liter V6 after 2016, replacing it with a straight six that will most likely by turbocharged.

The blower has always been a key part of the Jaguar driving experience, but stricter emission regulations, as well as the company's entrance on more mainstream segments, means the carmaker needs to increase efficiency.

Turbocharging is superior to supercharging from this point of view, but obviously has its power delivery and aural drawbacks. The first will be addressed with the help of the traditional smoothness delivered by the in-line architecture. As for the soundtrack, there are plenty of turbo engines on the marker nowadays that know how to put on a show.

The new straight six will be part of the new Ingenium engine family, which is currently limited to four-cylinder units. Jaguar history books hold a special place for the straight six, so this box will be ticked too.

Another important leap for Jaguar should come from the money-making crossover segment

The company is now gearing up for the launch of its first crossover, the F-Pace, which will land this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Jaguar is obviously testing the waters here. Depending on the success of the new model, the carmaker can expand its high-ground-clearance adventure.

The first such model to follow the F-Pace should be a larger one, which could use the J-Pace moniker - the J is a connection to the XJ sedan, in a nomenclature reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz recent line-up name change.

Later on, a more compact E-Pace might also arrive. You can be sure that the company will find a way around the Range Rover family cannibalisation matter.

If you're not already keeping track of Jaguar Land Rover's progress, we suggest you keep a close eye on the company since these Brits have plenty of effervescent development for us.
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