Diesel technology has yet to take over in the U.S. as it has in Europe. Our friends across the pond have been enjoying the significantly better fuel economy and reduced emissions of clean diesel engines, while we still think of them as small school bus engines. That perception is starting to change here in the States, but it is still hampering diesel sales. Despite the slow-selling status of these oil-burners, luxury manufacturers are releasing more and more of these thrifty and cleaner alternatives, and now Land Rover is set to join that group with two new diesel SUVs for American consumption.
The two new diesel-powered SUVs will be the Range Rover Td6 and the Range Rover Sport Td6. These models will share a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, V-6, diesel engine that puts down 254 horsepower and a stump-ripping 440 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. Sure, that may be a little light on horsepower for a Land Rover, but the 440 pound-feet of twist will help significantly when towing and going off-road.
The new diesel powerplant will mate to a ZF-sourced, eight-speed auto that offers manual shifting. This combination not only delivers great fuel economy at 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, but it also nets respectable performance with the Range Rover Sport Td6 and Range Rover Td6 hitting 60 mph in 7.1 and 7.4 seconds, respectively. These sprint times represent only a 0.2- and 0.3-second increase respectively when compared to their gasoline V-6 counterparts, while fuel economy jumps by eight percent for the Range Rover Sport and 3.3 percent for the Range Rover when compared to the gasoline V-6 models. Top speed rests at 130 mph for both models.
Both of these new diesel models are currently on display at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and they will head to U.S. dealerships in the fall of 2015. There are no pricing details available yet, but expect them to fall between their respective gasoline V-6 and V-8 siblings.