The British automaker intends to build a new factory in the UK, and this might represent the ideal circumstances in order to start the construction of its new engines. The new V6 powerplant set to be featured in the 2012 Jaguar XF will most likely be available for the US market.
This year, Jaguar launched at the Shanghai Motor Show an XJ model equipped with a 237bhp 3.0-litre V6 engine, that manages to propel the car from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.5 seconds and to a maximum speed of 145 mph (233 km/h).
It is believed that the new unit is going to be available on the market starting with 2013 or 2014, and its maximum output should be somewhere around 300 hp in order to take on rivals from BMW, Mercedes Benz or Audi. In addition, an 8-speed automatic transmission will put that power onto the road, as the gearbox is already set to be used in the 2.2-liter diesel powered cars coming to Europe.
At this moment, on the US market, Jaguar only offers a 5.0-liter V8 engine, which has outputs varying from 385 hp (287 kW) of naturally aspirated units to 475 hp (354 kW) or 510 hp (380 kW) capabilities of supercharged powerplants.
For the European market, the British automaker offers more engines such as a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel unit, a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel or the old Ford-based 3.0-liter V6 power plant.