It’s one of the best-looking vehicles to ever wear a Range Rover badge in my opinion, and the Evoque could get even better with a diesel engine for the U.S In an interview with AutoGuide, one executive said such a plan was under consideration, though it hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
Right now the only engine available in the U.S. version of the Evoque is a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine from former owner Ford, as the 2.2 liter engine offered in other parts of the world doesn’t meet U.S. emissions standards. Demand for diesel motors is high in America though, which has parent company Jaguar Land Rover considering all its options.
One of those options might be to offer a diesel version of the upcoming 2.0 liter Ingenium engine. This new modular motor series will debut in the all-new Jaguar XE, but the powertrain has been designed with multiple applications in mind, and the Evoque could be just such an application.
A new nine-speed transmission replaced the six-speed, and it is unlikely that the company will continue to rely on Ford to supply its U.S. powertrain for too long. With the EcoBoost engine the compact SUV gets a respectable 21 city and 30 highway for a 24 MPG combined rating, In the U.K. with a diesel engine the Evoque gets rated at 56.5 MPG, which roughly translated to the U.S. standard would rank somewhere in the low-to-mid 40 MPG area. Even on a low end that’s represent at least a 25% improvement over the gas engine (which is rated at 36.5 MPG combined in the UK, to give you an idea of the difference in the rating systems).
It’s an obvious move that really just rests on Land Rover’s ability to pass U.S. emissions in a cost-efficient manner. Once they do that, a 40 MPG small SUV will pretty much sell itself.