Jaguar is full of surprises at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI. This weekend Jaguar announced to the media on hand that the much-anticipated diesel power options will be available for most of its luxury line up in the US. The 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport luxury SUV’s will be the first to feature the new diesel engine. Will the diesel engines be the preferred choice as consumers make their purchases this fall? These new clean diesel engines are sure to be wildly popular due to the increased fuel economy.
Joe Eberhardt (President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America) said “We intend to roll out fuel-efficient diesel powered vehicles across Jaguars and Land Rover lineups on virtually every model over the next three years. Starting with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Td6 Diesel, this Fall, almost every vehicle in the Jaguar and Land Rover line up will offer an optional diesel powertrain delivering anywhere from 20 to 30 percent improvement in fuel economy versus the comparable gasoline version.” With the gas prices in North America falling, this added fuel sipping option, will be an awesome way to keep more money in your pockets at the pump. Fuel economy should boost to over 25 mpg combined, that’s up from the 19 mpg combined in the other comparable Range Rover models.
Don’t think just because they are more fuel-efficient that they will lack any power; the 3-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine will deliver 254 horsepower and a low end torque of 440 lb. ft. Even with this impressive power and torque, the diesel engines are said to be a 32 percent improvement over the supercharged V6 gasoline equivalent.
These will be the first diesel engines ever offered from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in North America and they will be available as soon as this Fall. Jaguar will offer its first vehicle with this new diesel engine in the XE model and it will come equipped with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder and inside sources say that the car will be capable of at least 40 mpg. , but will US buyers warm up to the green factor?
Look for more coverage and updates from the Auto Show in Detroit.