The 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel are coming to the United States. This is good news for North American consumers as Jaguar/Land Rover’s lauded V6 diesels have a proven track record worldwide. This announcement will change the luxury SUV balance on our shores.
Watch the LIVE DEBUT of the 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel below:
The numbers for the 3.0-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine are staggering.
The 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel both come equipped with a 3.0-liter Td6 turbocharged V6 diesel engine that makes 254 horsepower and a massive 440 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm. A ZF® 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission is the only transmission available and it will be connected to the CommandShift™ system which allows for normal, manual and sport shifting modes. It also has a locking torque converter.
The EPA estimates for the 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel are just as impressive: 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. Equipped with a 23.5 gallon fuel tank, the 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel have a maximum range of 658 miles.
According to Land Rover 0 to 60 mph time for the Range Rover is 7.4 seconds and the Range Rover Sport, 7.1 seconds. Top Speed is limited at 130 mph.
“Similarly, the low-end torque of the Td6 allows the vehicles to deliver 0-60 acceleration times comparable to the higher horsepower V6 gasoline models. The Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 and Range Rover HSE Td6 accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 and 7.4 seconds** respectively, compared to 6.9 and 7.1 seconds for gasoline V6 models.
Preliminary fuel economy figures for the Range Rover Sport HSE Td6 and Range Rover HSE Td6 of 22 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway) and 25 mpg (combined) represent significant gains over traditional gasoline alternatives. The combined figure equates to a 32 percent improvement over the gasoline V6 engine. Total range increases to 658 miles, a gain of 8.0% for the Range Rover Sport and 3.3% for the Range Rover.” – – Land Rover
The benefits of the 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel seem to (vastly) outweigh the detractors of diesel power. Despite diesel’s expense in the United States, the 32 percent improvement in consumption and massive additions in range along with huge torque numbers make this diesel option very compelling for consumers. The technical sophistication of the 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel’s Td6 is impressive:
“Designed from the ground up, the Td6 provides efficiency and refinement. Its block is constructed using Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI), which has a higher tensile strength than standard grey cast iron, better fatigue strength than aluminum, and added stiffness. Its overall advantages in weight and strength mean the block can be lighter and smaller which make it compact in size. The deep-skirted, cross-bolted design and one-piece structural aluminum oil sump of the Td6 help the engine to absorb combustion noise effectively which improves refinement.
Prior to its introduction in the US, improvements have been made to the Td6 helping to achieve an additional eight percent increase in overall fuel efficiency. These include the addition of a water-cooled turbocharger for maximum performance and durability at high operating temperatures; and new ball bearings, vanes and nozzles to improve efficiency.
A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to reduce NOx emissions, ensuring the Td6 achieves US LEV 3 status. The DEF is injected into the exhaust and, as the resulting mixture passes through the SCR, NOx is turned into harmless nitrogen gas. The reservoir for the DEF, located under the hood, holds enough fluid for approximately 10,000 miles. Diesel exhaust fluid is commercially available and owners can top the fluid level up themselves or take it to their nearest Land Rover retailer if the reservoir needs replenishing.
In addition to the cleansing efficiency of the SCR, every aspect of the Td6 engine has been optimized to ensure emissions are as low as possible. This includes the new Low Pressure EGR system which has been critical to the success of Td6 emission ratings and further improves fuel economy.
Unlike traditional High Pressure EGR systems, which recirculate gases directly from the exhaust manifold to inlet manifold at high pressure, the revised design takes gases at low pressure – after the DPF filter in the exhaust pipe – and feeds them back to the turbocharger inlet. From here they pass through an intercooler, resulting in a lower peak combustion temperature. The higher the peak combustion temperature, the more NOx is produced, so the low pressure EGR system has the effect of reducing the level of NOx produced, by lowering the peak combustion temperature and improving efficiency.
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The 2016 Range Rover Diesel and 2016 Range Rover Sport Diesel will debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and will go on sale Fall of 2015. Prices have not been announced.
Vehicle Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Engine: (US LEV III) Longitudinal V6, 24 valve, four OHC
direct injection diesel, single turbocharger Displacement 2993 cc (182.6 cu. In.)
Bore x Stroke 84.0 x 90.0 mm Valvetrain DOHC / 4 valves per cylinder
Maximum Power 254hp Maximum Torque 440 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission ZF® 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with CommandShift™ (Normal, Sport and Manual shift modes);
locking torque converter
EPA Estimated Fuel Economy* 22 mpg city / 28 mpg highway (25 mpg combined)
Fuel Tank Capacity 23.5 gallons Maximum Range 658 miles
0-60 mph** Range Rover: 7.4 seconds / Range Rover Sport: 7.1 seconds Top Speed** 130mph