When Dieselgate was in full swing, many of us, me included, thought that was the beginning of the end for diesel in the United States, and maybe elsewhere. Being a grown-up means admitting when you’re wrong, and this was a rare occasion when I have been (that’s a joke, before the hate mail starts pouring in). A new report from The Drive highlights several new diesel vehicles coming to America, joining a fair amount that are on sale now.
First, GM is selling the diesel-powered versions of the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox, which boast 32 mpg on the highway. That’s impressive, and apparently is completely within air pollution limits.
Jaguar Land Rover has a whole line of diesel models, including for the F-Pace, Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport, Discovery, and Range Rover. Some use a 2.0-liter engine that makes 318 lb.-ft. of torque, while others have a 3.0-liter engine that boasts 443 lb.-ft. of torque, which is pretty damn impressive.
Kia looks to drop a diesel in the Sorento crossover. Jeep will offer the EcoDiesel on the 2019 Wrangler. An oil-burner Ford F-150 is coming. Mazda’s joining the trend with a diesel option for the CX-5, although it won’t say when that will happen. Apparently, BMW plans to make a diesel variant of the X3, which could use the 3.0-liter engine that twists out 457 lb.-ft. of torque for lots of off-the-line fun.
Basically, don’t count diesel out, at least yet. Had Clinton won the White House, I wonder if this trend would be going on today?