When the Jaguar PRs said some of their cars at a regional driving day for UK media were factory-fresh, they were not kidding – several, with the new, in-house made Ingenium petrol engines, had come off the Castle Bromwich assembly line only a day before the event.

The 2018 model year updates for the F-Pace SUV and XF and XE sports saloons include a brand new range of petrol Ingenium engines, plus the addition of a new and more powerful diesel Ingenium and new convenience and safety features, either as standard or optional, including in-car, cashless 'pay at the pump' purchases at Shell service stations.

Under Ford ownership, Jaguar Land Rover shared a mix of both petrol and diesel engines with its parent (and, for a time, during the Premium Auto Group era, also with Volvo) but, under Tata Motors control, is slowly switching to its own in-house designs made in a new factory in Wolverhampton, a short, just-in-time, just-in-sequence truck ride from the 'Castle Brom' Jaguar assembly plant and Land Rover's factory in Solihull.

More Ingeniums

Last month, JLR's GBP1bn Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) marked production of its first Ingenium petrol engine, due in showroom vehicles in the summer. The inaugural petrol engines marked the completion of the first phase of the EMC, a fully flexible, manufacturing plant that serves Jaguar Land Rover's three UK vehicle plants (the third is Halewood on Merseyside).

Production of the new, two-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine supplements the ultra-low emission two-litre 150PS, 163PS and (recently introduced) 240PS diesel I4s. Coming for the 2018 F-Type: A 300PS Ingenium petrol engine – still just two litres but the most powerful four-cylinder engine Jaguar Land Rover has ever produced.

"The start of petrol production marks an important milestone for the plant as we move to providing a suite of ultra-low emission, high-performance petrol and diesel engines to power the full vehicle line-up now and in the future," JLR said. It also noted it had lived up to its 2013 promise the plant would create 1,400 skilled jobs – the 1,400th employee joined at the end of last month. Since production of the Ingenium diesel engine began exactly two years ago, the EMC has built over 400,000 engines.

2018MY

Availability of the new engines sees Jaguar enhance its F-Pace performance SUV and XF and XE sports saloons. The 2018 model year updates also bring new convenience and safety features.

The XF sold almost 10,000 vehicles last year and the XE and F-Pace alone made up 62% of all Jaguar's 2016 UK sales.

"These models are attracting new customers to the brand and now with an extended offering this appeal can only grow. It is all about giving our customers more choice. All three vehicles offer a wider range of engines and a suite of new technology, comfort and convenience enhancements that will make them even more relevant for UK buyers," said JLR UK MD Jeremy Hicks.

The new 200PS (XE and XF) and 250PS two-litre I4 Ingenium petrol engines use a low friction, all-aluminium design to provide excellent thermal properties and lightweight construction for improved efficiency and enhanced vehicle dynamics. Models with the 200PS engine have a 20t badge while 250PS derivatives are identified by 25t badging.

The diesel range is joined by a 240PS two-litre twin turbo high output 500Nm engine which is strengthened with uprated pistons, crankshaft and fuel injectors and is the first four-cylinder JLR motor to have twin turbos. Their sequential configuration boosts power at high engine speeds while improving responsiveness at low engine speeds. F-Pace, XF and XE models with the new engine carry the 25d badge.

Continuously variable valve lift technology improves air delivery to both engines. The new 200PS and 250PS petrol powerplants have electrohydraulic valve control for flexibility. This patented technology provides fully variable control of the intake valve lift for optimum efficiency, power and torque across the rev range, JLR said. Cleaner combustion is ensured by a new 200bar direct injection system, which features centrally mounted injectors with optimised spray patterns to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. In a first for Jaguar, the exhaust manifold is also integrated with the cylinder head casting. Passing coolant through the manifold considerably reduces warm-up times, when engines are at their least efficient, to enhance fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

Customised driving dynamics

Configurable Dynamics is now offered as a stand alone option in the 2018MY XF and XE. The system allows drivers to set up the vehicle to suit their personal preference by choosing Normal or Dynamic settings for the engine, gearbox and steering. The chosen combination is activated by engaging Dynamic mode using the chequered flag button on the central console.

Adaptive Dynamics, which allows drivers to tailor the suspension settings in addition to those for the engine, gearbox and steering, when combined with Configurable Dynamics, remains available.

Comfort and Convenience

The adjustable front seats in the F-Pace and XF have been boosted with the availability of winged headrests. The new designs feature powered height adjustment with manual side wing supports.

Dual View technology is introduced across the XE, XF and F-Pace lines, allowing the driver and front passenger to view different infotainment displays using the central 10-inch touchscreen. InControl technology is available when Touch Pro is specified and allows the driver to follow satellite navigation instructions while the passenger uses the same display to view USB or TV outputs.

A revised paint range for all three vehicles brings the colour names into line with those offered throughout the JLR range, simplifying vehicle ordering.

New F-Pace, XF and XE safety technologies are Forward Traffic Detection, part of the surround camera system, to assist when forward visibility is restricted. Using a forward-facing camera in the grille, the system detects items crossing the path of the vehicle and provides a visual warning on the central screen when a potential hazard is detected. 

Forward Vehicle Guidance is fitted as part of the Surround Camera System and helps drivers to place the vehicle when completing low speed manoeuvres. Working in conjunction with the front parking sensors the system provides a visual representation of the vehicle overlaid with wheel projections showing the alignment of the steering. Drivers can see the parking distance reading on the central screen, taking the stress out of tight manoeuvres.

On XE and XF models Blind Spot Assist (BSA) enhances the existing Blind Spot Monitor system by using the collision warning system in tandem with the Electric Power Steering System. If BSA detects a vehicle in or approaching the blind spot when changing lanes, it will apply a gentle steering force to keep the vehicle in its lane.

World's first in-car cashless payment

XE, XF and F-Pace owners can now use the touchscreen of their car to pay for fuel at Shell service stations with a new in-car cashless payment system. Rather than using a card at the pump, or queuing in the forecourt shop, owners who install the Shell App can simply drive up to any pump at a Shell service station (initially in the UK and then globally) and use the vehicle's touchscreen to select how much fuel they require and pay using PayPal or Apple Pay. Android Pay will be added later in 2017.

Once the driver has filled up, an electronic receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen, so customers can leave the forecourt sure they've paid. A receipt will also be sent directly from the pump to the driver's email address so it can be added to accounting or expenses software.

Individual 2018MY tweaks: Jaguar F-Pace

This model line now has three new Ingenium engines – 163PS diesel and a manual RWD derivative with 380Nm of torque and fuel economy of up to 59.2mpg (4.8l/100km) making it the most efficient engine in the range, distinguished by the E-Performance badge reserved for models that combine traditional Jaguar performance with the most affordable ownership costs and optimised efficiency.

The existing 180PS diesel is now available with an automatic RWD transmission, with CO2 emissions of 134g/km and combined fuel economy of 55.4mpg (5.1l/100km).

The new high output 240PS diesel (25d) AWD variant is available with the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and has CO2 emissions of 153g/km, fuel economy of 48.7mpg (5.8l/100km) and 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration in 7.2 seconds.

The new 250PS petrol engine is available only with automatic transmission and AWD drivetrain here in the UK. It has single twin-scroll turbo and produces 365Nm of torque from 1,200rpm. Acceleration from 0-62mph is in a claimed 6.8 seconds, CO2 emissions are 170g/km and fuel economy 38.2mpg (7.4l/100km).

A new Light Oyster/Ebony interior option is availabe while Prestige and Portfolio models gain the Sport steering wheel as standard. Automatic transmission models now have twin covered cup holders in the centre console.

Portfolio models include the optional feature of enhanced front seats with powered headrest height adjustment and manually adjustable winged headrests. The Dual View screen technology is now available along with Forward Traffic Detection and Forward Vehicle Guidance.

UK prices start at GBP34,730.

XF

The XF, introduced for 2008 and redesigned for 2015, gets three new powerplants for 2018 including the 200PS and 250PS Ingenium petrol fours.

The 200PS comes with automatic RWD powertrain (0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, 41.5mpg (6.8l/100km), CO2 emissions 154g/km) while the 250PS unit is available with automatic and both RWD and AWD drivetrains. The RWD model matches the efficiency of the 200PS engine but is faster to 62mph (6.6 seconds). AWD variants have CO2 emissions of 159g/km.

Alongside existing 163PS and 180PS diesel versions, the XF now offers the new 240PS powerplant with RWD and AWD drivetrains, combining fuel economy of 53.3mpg (5.3l/100km) and 51.4mpg (5.5l/100km) with CO2 emissions of 139g/km and 144g/km respectively. The twin turbo configuration delivers 0-62mph accelration in 6.5 seconds.

The XF is now available with Configurable Dynamics as a standalone feature. The system is fitted to automatic models specified without Adaptive Suspension and provides a Factory setting plus a choice of Normal or Dynamic modes for the steering, engine and gearbox.

Adaptive Dynamics with configurable dynamics is available on vehicles fitted with Adaptive Suspension. It also allows drivers to adjust the ride comfort and handling responses to suit the driving conditions or personal preference. In addition, when Touch Pro infotainment is specified, there is Dynamic-i, which adds a stopwatch, g-meter readout and accelerator and braking graphics to the central touchscreen display.

A new Gesture Boot Lid function makes loading and unloading more convenient. This feature is available on vehicles with keyless entry and rear parking aid and allows customers to open and close the boot simply by waving a foot under either side of the rear bumper. Sensors detect the movement and trigger the boot opening. The driver is also able to close the boot in the same way.

There are enhanced driver and front passenger seats with new 20 way Luxury seating available on Portfolio models. This incorporates power headrests with side wing supports. Dual View technology adds functionality to the infotainment system.

New safety features include Blind Spot Assist, Forward Traffic Detection and Forward Vehicle Guidance. UK prices start at GBP32,490.

XE

The 'entry level' Jaguar gains new petrol 200PS RWD automatic and 250PS RWD and AWD automatic derivatives. The 200PS engine produces 320Nm of torque and acceleration from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds with combined fuel economy of 45.1mpg (6.3l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 144g/km. The 250PS RWD model delivers has fuel economy and tailpipe emissions but does the 62mph sprint in 6.3 seconds. AWD cuts one-1/10sec off the acceleration time but CO2 emissions are 154g/km.

The older three-litre V6 engine, shared with the F-Type sports model has power boosted from 340PS to 380PS.

Jaguar claims the new twin-turbo Ingenium engine provides diesel V6 performance levels from a four. The 240PS unit produces 500Nm of torque from 1,500rpm and acceleration from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds, with CO2 emissions of only 137g/km and combined fuel economy of 54.4mpg (5.2l/100km).

The XE is now offered with Configurable Dynamics as a standalone feature. Adaptive Dynamics, currently available on automatic 180PS and 240PS models will be available on vehicles powered by the new 200PS and 250PS petrol engines. When Touch Pro infotainment is fitted in conjunction with Adaptive Dynamics, Dynamic-i  adds a stopwatch, g-meter readout and accelerator and braking graphics to the central touchscreen. The Gesture Boot Lid is also now available for this model.

New availability of a 12.3-inch TFT virtual instrument cluster provides greater clarity for drivers when ordering Touch Pro infotainment. With four distinct visual themes to choose from, the large display makes it possible to view full-screen navigation mapping. XE also gains the Dual View technology for the 10-inch touchscreen.

New safety kit includes Blind Spot Assist, Forward Vehicle Guidance and Forward Traffic Detection while Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) now includes Pedestrian Detection which operates from 3-37mph (5-60km/h) and uses a forward facing camera to detect hazards, automatically applying the brakes when the risk of a collision is detected. The safety aid is able to identify pedestrians standing over 1m tall in the path of the vehicle.

UK prices start at GBP28,295.