• Land Rover Looking to Shed Cylinders From its Range-Topping V-8 Diesel

A report that Land Rover’s V-8 Diesel is living on borrowed time comes from a reliable source

In this day and age, with electrification being pushed hard and fines from emissions regulations capable of putting automakers in the ground if they don’t comply, every manufacturer has started downsizing and electrifying engines to carry on business as usual. Now a new report from autocar – one that cites “auto parts suppliers” claims that Land Rover’s aging 4.4-liter, Ford-sourced, diesel V-8 is set to be replaced by something smaller, but the question is what?

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Land Rover Looking to Shed Cylinders From its Range-Topping V-8 Diesel
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The death of big, bulky V-8 engines is inevitable, and if this report from Autocar has any legitimacy to it, Land Rover’s Diesel V-8 is about to be sent to the scrap pile to make room for a new six-cylinder that shares a thirst for diesel but is also electrified.

As it turns out, the Range Rover Sport will be the first to get this new 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The engine itself has an internal code name of “D350,” and it’s said to deliver 350 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That represents an increase of 11 horsepower but a decrease of 29 pound-feet of torque over the 4.4-liter current available in the Range Rover Sport Autobiography Dynamic, which offers a total of 339 ponies and 545 pound-feet. In the D350 configuration, the electrified six-cylinder will make it to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, an improvement of 0.7 seconds. However, keep in mind that the new D350 is set to be a range-topping model, and the Autobiography Dynamic will have something a little less appealing.

Land Rover Looking to Shed Cylinders From its Range-Topping V-8 Diesel
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There’s also word that this electrified engine will be offered in a lesser form as well, internally named D300. It will be offered in the HSE, HSE Dynamic, and Autobiography Dynamic trim levels and is good for just 300 horsepower – 39 horsepower from what you can get in AB Dynamic trim right now with the 4.4-liter V-8. On a fair note, this thing is quoted to his 62 mph in 7.1 seconds, so it will still be one-tenth of a second quicker to 62 mph. The same engine will find its way into the lesser trims of the larger Range Rover.

There is also news in the report that this same diesel engine could end up in the Jaguar XF and Jaguar F-Pace as well, while any hope of seeing a new V-8 diesel from Jaguar Land Rover has pretty much gone out the window.

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