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Automotive News | January 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm EST
Land Rover will offer a diesel engine in two Range Rover models this year and across its entire lineup in several years.
The two vehicles are debuting at the Detroit auto show. They go on sale this fall.
The 2016 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport will have six-cylinder diesel engines with a company-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
Land Rover said the combined fuel economy is 32 percent better than with a supercharged V-6 gasoline engine. The vehicles have a range of 658 miles on a full tank.
The two models are the Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 SUVs.
The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel engine delivers 254 hp and 440 pounds-feet of torque. Land Rover said the diesel torque peaks at 1,750 rpm, compared with 332 pounds-feet at 3,500 rpm with the V-6 gasoline powerplant.
The Range Rover HSE Td6 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.
The high torque is needed for towing heavy loads and off-roading in low gear, the company said.
The Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 and Range Rover HSE Td6 accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 and 7.4 seconds respectively, compared to 6.9 and 7.1 seconds for gasoline V-6 models.
Land Rover did not give a timetable for diesel availability on other models.
The Range Rover Sport will have a six-cylinder diesel engine and a range of 658 miles on a full tank.