Jaguar Land Rover is recalling 44,000 cars after it was found that they 'may emit excessive levels of CO2' by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency. The models affected use 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, specifically 10 variants that slot into Jaguar's E-Pace, F-Pace, F-Type, XE and XF ranges, as well as Land Rover's Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Sport Sport, Evoque and Velar.
In an official statement provided to PH, JLR said: "Jaguar Land Rover is conducting a voluntary recall following the identification of CO2 performance variability with certain Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles fitted with 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engines. Affected vehicles will be repaired free of charge and every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out."
JLR is yet to reveal why some models exceed CO2 limits; the 2.0-litre petrol and diesel motors were understood to officially conform with the latest emissions limits when they were introduced as part of the Ingenium line-up that arrived in 2015. The most exciting version of JLR's 2.0-litre range produces 300hp in the F-Type P300 - although we're yet to learn whether that specific variant is included in the recall.
While today's announcement is far from the largest recall the industry has seen in recent years, the cost of carrying out work on 44,000 cars will come as a blow to the brand. Especially given that JLR has rolled out major cash-cutting measures in a bid to save £2.5 billion, as it faces a "perfect storm" of challenges, including dwindling diesel demand, slowed China sales and the export/import uncertainty caused by Brexit.