Man, leave it to Land Rover and Jaguar to start Detroit off with a boom. Gents, the time has finally come; Land Rovers will be offered with a diesel power option in the United States of America starting in 2015. This is the monumental, astronomical, F*****G AWESOME news we (the diesel lovers) have been waiting for the past 5 years or so. Here’s what you can expect.
Every single car in Land Rover and Jaguar’s line-up (with the exception of the F-type) will eventually receive a diesel engine option. The Range Rover Sport and Jaguar XE will be the first to sport the oil-burner; followed by the proper Range Rover and XJ.
The engine will be the TDV6, which has been a staple in the European market for a while, so expect reliability to not be an issue. This motor is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 rated around 270hp and 440lb/ft of torque (according to Europe). For comparison, the current BMW X5 diesel produces 255hp and 414lb/ft of torque, the current Mercedes ML 250 Bluetec produces 200hp and 369lb/ft of torque, and the Porsche Cayenne Diesel produces 240hp and 406lb/ft of torque. According to the press release, the Range Rover Sport should average around 28mpg highway. This is a lot better than the 17mpg (realistically 15) that the supercharged V8 averages.
No official word has been given about pricing, however I’m expecting the diesel option to fall in between the petrol V6 and the petrol V8. I can definitely say that I am excited to experience the new Diesels in Land Rover’s line up. Expect more coverage as more information is released.
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