Forbidden Fruit: New Diesel Range Rover Gets Almost 40 MPG

37 MPG Range Rover Diesel

The Range Rover is one of the most luxurious SUVs available, and practically created the premium SUV market on its own. A market, mind you, now occupied by Lincoln’s Navigator, Cadillac’s Escalade, Porsche’s Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz’ GLK, GL, G, and ML SUVs … and that’s not even covering the high-priced, full-featured SUVs from brands like Lexus, Infiniti, Jeep, BMW, and more. The Range Rover is a trend-setter, in other words – but can it make diesel efficiency a trend?

The latest new Range Rover is the TDV6, and is powered by a high-torque, turbocharged diesel V6 engine that delivers a mind-blowing 37 MPG. Aaa-and we won’t be getting it here.

“High-torque”, by the way, translates to more than 600 lb-ft of torque. When coupled to the big ‘ute’s 8-speed automatic translation and the various gear reductions of its advanced 4WD system, the TDV6 gives the Range Rover more than enough grunt to get out of its own way and scurry up obstacles like few others.

:: sigh::

It’s really a shame that American automakers haven’t come to embrace diesel for the US, isn’t it? Check out the photos, below. If you’re a real glutton for punishment, feel free to head over to the original article and read driving impressions of yet another awesome vehicle you can’t have here.

Source | Photos: Autoexpress.

 

Jo Borrás

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