Though it has long offered efficient diesel engines in Europe, Jaguar dealers in the U.S. have been denied this motors for just as long. That all changes with the new Jaguar XE though, which Automotive News reports will come stateside powered by the new Ingenium diesel engines…once they pass U.S. emissions standards, that is.
America’s stringent diesel regulations have prevented some of the most efficient engines in the world from being offered here, and while traditionally that wasn’t an issue, these days every MPG matters. Availability of the diesel-powered Jaguar means the new aluminum sedan won’t arrive in the U.S. until 2016 as a 2017 model, as executives want both the diesel engines and all-wheel drive offered from the get-go. Unfortunately, a manual transmission won’t make the cut at initial launch, with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed slushbox being standard issue, but Jaguar is claiming a 75 MPG rating for its diesel engines with this setup.
Even once the EPA brings the fuel economy rating into alignment with American expectations, the 200 or 240 horsepower diesel engines should be capable of delivering hybrid-rivaling fuel economy. For those more concerned with horsepower than the environment, a 2.0 liter gasoline turbo engine and 3.0 liter supercharged V6 are also on the table. But for those long wanting the chance to buy a diesel-powered big cat, after decades of being denied, you’ve got a couple more years to wait.
It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve still got a couple of more years to wait. But the promise of diesel-powered Jaguars here in the U.S. is plenty of reason to get excited if you’re a Leaping Cat fan.