Jaguar Land Rover's V8 Diesel Is Dead

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But unlike VW, Jaguar Land Rover still has major plans for diesel engines.

As part of a major $18 billion investment, Jaguar Land Rover is planning to build electrified versions of all its current models. By the end of 2021, its fully electric lineup will also expand with the launch of the new Jaguar XJ flagship sedan, Jaguar J-Pace crossover, and the Road Rover. This strategy will enable Jaguar Land Rover to be less dependent on diesel sales in Europe.

However, Jaguar Land Rover will still continue selling diesel engines for the foreseeable future, but its V8 diesel will be replaced by a more efficient electrified unit according to Autocar. Last year, the new Range Rover Evoque was the first model to be offered with Jaguar Land Rover's new four-cylinder mild-hybrid setup, and this technology will reportedly be carried over to two new six-cylinder diesels within the next few months.

2018-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Front View Driving Land Rover
2018-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Front View Driving Land Rover
2018-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Rear Angle View Land Rover

According to the publication, the company's Ford-sourced 4.4-liter V8 diesel will be replaced by a mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which will be offered on HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic trims of the Range Rover Sport badged as D300 variants. The mild-hybrid system will improve efficiency and provide smooth stop/start driving thanks to an integrated starter-generator.

Higher-end trims such as the HST will be offered with a more powerful version producing 345 hp and will be reportedly badged as the D350. Effectively, this will mark the death of Jaguar Land Rover's V8 diesel built in Mexico, which is based on a ten-year-old design. While the new powertrain hasn't been officially verified by Land Rover, information has already been published by automotive data suppliers.

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2018-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Front Angle View Land Rover
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With 516 lb-ft of torque, the new diesel unit enables the Range Rover Sport to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph while returning 35.3 mph, a welcome improvement over the current V8 diesel.

Both electrified diesel units will also be added to the full-size Range Rover, with the more powerful D350 version capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds. At least one of Jaguar Land Rover's new diesel units is expected to be offered for the upcoming Jaguar XF and F-Pace facelifts. It isn't clear if Jaguar Land Rover's new electrified 3.0-liter turbodiesel will be available in the US, however. The company's V8 diesel isn't sold in America, but the US-spec Land Rover Range Rover Sport is offered with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 diesel.

2018-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Front View Driving Land Rover
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Source Credits: Autocar

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