Land Rover Dallas has begun to hear whispers around town that our parent company, Land Rover USA, is debating whether or not to bring the diesel-powered variant of the compact Evoque crossover in the United States.
Across the ocean over in the UK, the Evoque is currently offered with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that is good for 190 horsepower and 309 lb-ft. of torque in its most powerful configuration. As of now, the diesel cannot be sold in the U.S. because it can’t be easily modified to comply with emissions regulations, which likely explains why Land Rover didn’t enter the diesel segment when it first introduced the award-winning Evoque.
The diesel-powered Evoque will be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is part of new Ingenium family of engines. Technical details are not available yet, but the engine will also be found under the hood of other Jaguar Land Rover models including the all new Discovery Sport and the Jaguar XE.
“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.
“There’s a much greater acceptance for diesel in the U.S. market. You’ll see diesels eventually coming in on both brands,” confirmed McCullough in an interview with AutoGuide.
With Land Rover’s competitors such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes offering diesel SUVs in America, it seems as though the door has been opened for Land Rover to incorporate high-end oil-burners into its lineup as well. If the diesel Evoque proves successful, it could certainly pave the way for more like-powered Land Rover vehicles in the U.S. For now, we will just have to wait and see what the head honchos decide.