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Jaguar in no rush to add hybrid models

The new Jaguar Ingenium engine range is capable of handling hybrid components, but the brand has suggested it is in no hurry to push through hybrid models across its range.

Nick Miller, Jaguar chief programme engineer for the all-new XE – the first model fitted with the company’s new Ingenium engines, initially with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel capable of just 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres – said the brand isn’t rushing towards a hybridised future, particularly in the mid-size luxury car segment.

“We haven’t put a timeline on it,” Miller said. “The Ingenium engine range has been designed to link in with all the different kinds of hybrid technology that are out there.”

In the XE’s segment, there are some cars with hybrid technology. Japanese competitors such as the Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50 both offer petrol-electric series hybrid variants, while BMW’s ActiveHybrid 3 (petrol-electric) and the diesel-electric Mercedes-Benz C300 also fly the green flag.

Furthermore, Audi’s next-generation A4 and the recently launched new Mercedes-Benz C-Class are both set to adopt even greener plug-in hybrid systems, likely by 2016.

“We’ve demonstrated a couple with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, so we, as JLR, are deploying it right now,” Miller said of the diesel-electric hybrid SUVs revealed in 2013. “In terms of when we apply that to XE segment, honestly we don’t know, because we’ve got the technology and we will choose to apply it when we want,” he said.

Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014

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