If you’ve been waiting for Land Rover to bring its new diesel engines stateside, your wait is, at long last, over. Well, almost anyway. Land Rover will debut its 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine in the 2016 Range Rover HSE Td6 and Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 models which drive into U.S. showrooms this fall. They’ll be the first of the automaker’s recent models to offer diesel power in the U.S.
So here are the nitty gritty details.
The Td6 packs 254 horsepower with 440 pound-feet of low-end torque, which is an advantage of more than 100 lb-ft compared to the gas V6 and comes close to the supercharged V8’s torque rating of 461 lb-ft. The low-end torque allows for a 0-60 time close to what you can get on higher horsepower V6 gas engine models. The Td6 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport deliver 0-60 times of 7.1 and 7.4 seconds compared to the 6.9 and 7.1 seconds of their respective V6 counterparts.
The Td6 also marks a significant jump in the fuel economy department. It delivers an estimated 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway miles, which is a huge 32 percent jump over the gas powertrain.
So why did it take so long to bring the Td6 stateside? Well, before hitting the market these vehicles underwent one million test miles in the most extreme U.S. climate conditions to make sure they were more then ready for an American adventure. The models were driven from sea levels up to altitudes of 14,000 feet in what Land Rover calls a “grueling test program” that also included testing in Minnesota on its coldest winter days to testing in summer desert days in the Southwest.
The Td6 isn’t all that’s new for Land Rover’s lineup. It’s also unveiled the 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography luxury performance edition. It will be offered with a 550 horsepower V8 engine model and adds a unique luxurious interior and exterior design elements including duo tone paint, a unique front grille, and a rear badge. Inside details include perforated Semi-Aniline leather seats, sustainable woods and veneers, and a Meridian 29 speaker audio system.
The automaker is also upgrading its infotainment and connectivity systems and adding enhanced driver assistance features across its 2016 lineup.
The new diesel and SVAutobiography models will be arriving in dealerships, along with the rest of the new 2016 lineup, this fall.