Could the rumors be true? Are the head honchos over at Land Rover USA mulling over whether or not to begin shipping the diesel-powered Range Rover Evoque over to the States? Well we can only sit and wait and wish for now.
Currently the affordable compact crossover is only sold here with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, but all that could change in the future. The Evoque is also sold in other parts of the world with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, but that won’t reach the U.S. because of emissions regulations.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced a multi-million engine manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom with volume production at the facility beginning early next year, starting with a 2.0-liter diesel. After that, the plant will start building turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engines in time to launch the new Jaguar XE sedan in the U.S. The first copies of the XE being sold in this market will be gasoline powered, but Jaguar plans to follow up with a diesel model roughly two months after that.
“Nothing is confirmed yet, but as we continue to investigate options that’s definitely something that’s being considered,” said Kim McCullough, marketing vice president of Jaguar Land Rover in North America.
McCullough also stated that JLR sees strong demand for diesel models in the U.S. because of the recent push by German luxury manufacturers. ”There’s a much greater acceptance for diesel in the U.S. market,” she said.
Emissions standards are of great concern for us here at Land Rover Austin, and we are proud of the fact that our parent company is entertaining a variety of model and powertrain combinations for the future.
Should the diesel Evoque make the American cut and prove to be a hit among consumers, it could certainly pave the way for more like-powered Land Rover vehicles in the coming years.