A Combination of Poor Diesel Sales and Brexit Leads to Jaguar Land Rover Job Cuts and Reduced Production
2018 hasn’t been a good year for Jaguar Land Rover. The automaker is reporting massive declines in sales volume as fears over Brexit begin to take hold of the company. The decline in demand for diesel models has also contributed to the stagnant sales, forcing the automaker to slash as many as 1,000 jobs and reduce production output in the U.K.
Range Rovers and diesels share a long and storied past together in just about every part of the world except the U.S. Thanks to stringent emissions standards and a general negative public opinion, diesels have yet to swim the pond – that is, until now. Land Rover has announced it will begin selling its updated Td6 turbodiesel within the States, inside both the Range Rover and its little brother, the Range Rover Sport.
Credit can be given to better emissions controls for a public opinion that’s undergoing a slow transformation in the acceptance of compression-ignition engines.
While the Td6 diesel is new to the States, the Range Rover Sport carries over from last year. Introduced for the 2013 model year, the second generation Range Rover Sport offers a more nimble ride yet still carries more than 60 years of heritage in its design. Like its big brother, the Sport utilizes an all-aluminum chassis to shed weight and add rigidity.
Of course, the three-row SUV comes with Land Rover’s famed Terrain Response 2 system, allowing the driver to tailor the suspension, drivetrain, and peripheral systems to whatever terrain might be under the tires.
The most important aspect – at least in this bit of news – is the new turbodiesel. Range Rover says the new V-6 offers a 32-percent improvement in fuel economy over the supercharged gasoline V-6, making the unofficial numbers equate to 25 mpg combined. The Td6 will begin appearing under Range Rover hoods starting Fall 2015.
UPDATE 05/27/2015: A leaked document suggests the Range Rover Sport Td6 will start at $66,450 – just $1,500 more than the 3.0-liter V-6 gas version. Details in the Prices section.
Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6.
Land Rovers have long had diesel engines beneath their engine bays, yet thanks to negative public opinion of diesels and the stringent emissions standards, the compression-ignition engines were never offered in the U.S. – that is, until now. Land Rover has announced its plans to bring its Td6 V-6 turbodiesel to the States inside both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.
The move comes amidst a changing marketplace that is becoming more accepting of diesels and their advantages, and the improvement of emissions and exhaust treatment system.
Though the diesel engine is new for the U.S., the Range Rover it powers is not. Its last redesign came in 2013 when Jaguar Land Rover moved the full size SUV to a lightweight aluminum chassis. A new outward design carries many cues from classic Range Rovers while incorporating plenty of new style. The interior was fitted with the same treatment while getting an upgrade in materials and quality.
The 2016 Range Rover Td6 will still retain its legendary off-road prowess thanks to its Terrain Response system, dynamic suspension, and unsurpassed water fording depth. In fact, the new torquey diesel should only strengthen the Range Rover’s abilities off the beaten path.
Improvements are of course made to the Range Rover’s fuel efficiency and overall driving range. Compared to the gasoline V-6, the diesel offers a 32-percent improvement to fuel efficiency, bringing the estimated mpg numbers to 22 city, 28 highway, and 25 combined mpg. Total driving distance for one tank of fuel is extended to a bladder-busting 658 miles.
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This Detroit Auto Show has been a wild one. Infiniti announced two new cars, Ford rolled out a new 2017 Raptor, the 2017 GT, and the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang, and now we have Land Rover jumping in to let the world know that it is bringing diesel engines to the States. Both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport are going to be offered in a Td6 trim that will go on sale in the fall of 2015.
The Td6 engine is a 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that makes use of turbocharging to push horsepower to a healthy 254 ponies, with torque coming in at a hearty 440 pound-feet. Best yet, all 440 pounds is available at just 1,750 rpm. Lovely.
While the thick wave of low-end torque can be great for off-road uses, the real joy of going with diesel is fuel economy. Preliminary fuel mileage numbers for the Range Rover Sport Td6 are 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. That may not sound like great numbers, but remember these are Land Rovers; that combined figure is a 32-percent increase over the supercharged gasoline V-6. Range is now up to 658 miles.
We also shouldn’t forget about Land Rovers sibling Jaguar in this news either. We already know that Jaguar is bringing the new XE sedan to market with a 2.0-liter diesel, but expect a modified version of this new Td6 motor to find a home in the freshly announced Jaguar F-Pace SUV.
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If you want an SUV to haul around your family, but you enjoy the instant torque and outstanding fuel economy that comes from an oil-burning engine, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche all have great options. Now though, it seems the Germans going to have some competition soon in the market of diesel-powered crossovers thanks to a new entry from Land Rover.
While nothing is official yet, JLR North America’s vice president of marketing, Kim McCullough, told Autoguide that a diesel variant of the Range Rover Evoque is “definitely something that’s being considered.” That means that the peppy, 2.0-liter EcoBoost that was borrowed from Ford will be replaced with a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. Considering the amount of power and torque that other manufactures are snagging from their 2-liter mills, it would be safe to expect no less than 160 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of twist.
The Evoque is the third-best selling model in the Land Rover family, and bringing a new more fuel efficient model to the market will only help increase sales. If this all comes to fruition, expect to see the new diesel Evoque in around 18-months time.
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It’s been six years since Jaguar and Land Rover left the Ford ownership umbrella, but the British automakers are still using Ford-derived engines they inherited back in the late 1990s. That’s about to change though, as the Brits are set to introduce a new family of efficient powerplants. Dubbed Ingenium, these new engines promise to deliver a compelling combination of power, efficiency, and low CO2 emissions in many shapes and sizes.
Built in-house at the company’s new engine facility in Wolverhampton, England, the first version of the modular unit family is set to debut in the upcoming Jaguar XE and find its way into the Land Rover Discovery a few months after that. The Ingenium family will include both gasoline and diesel variants with turbochargers attached to them. As with all modular engines, JLR’s new powerplants will share many internals and calibration strategies, enabling the company to raise quality and simplify manufacturing.
Looks like Jaguar Land Rover is finally growing up!
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Land Rover is taking fuel economy concerns with a stiff upper lip and a cup of tea, relaxed as it starts taking UK orders for its 45 mpg 2015 Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid flagship starting in September 2013. The first customer deliveries are expected in early 2014, wearing far fewer off-road accessories and prepared for a life of luxury.
This pair of test prototypes is enduring the opposite of luxury: a 10,000-mile durability journey from Land Rover headquarters in England to Tata Group’s home base in Mumbai. Called the Silk Trail 2013 experience, the plucky Brits seem to have forgotten their own maritime excellence, and the blue part of the map that has long been the best passage to India.
Calling it the Silk Trail is more accurate than its other description, the Silk Road. Mud up to the door mirrors cannot stop the Range Rover Hybrid’s mission.
Going over land is a bold undertaking, and also highlights the production 2015 Range Rover Hybrid’s fuel economy and off-road credentials along the way. Arriving in Mumbai around 55 days later, taking a brand new Range Rover into dozens of foreign countries along the way is certainly a vote of confidence in its reliability - long a sore spot for this advanced machine.
A 3.0-liter diesel engine is paired with a jumbo 35kWh Li-ion battery pack, which is fully production-ready and will also be rolled out on the seven-seat 2015 Range Rover Sport SDV6 Hybrid as well.
The diesel-electric power is not exactly peachy news for U.S. Range Rover devotees, but the technology package should work well with Land Rover’s new 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 as well.
Updated 09/13/2013: When Land Rover launched the first details on the Range Rover Hybrid everyone believed it will be an European-only model. However, in a recent interview Andy Goss, the current CEO of Jaguar Land Rover USA confirmed that a North American version of the Range Rover hybrid "It’s not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’" (LeftLaneNews)
Click past the jump for all the high-res images of this jungle-prepped ’Silk Road 2013’ test of the forthcoming 2015 Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid.
Kahn Design has revealed the styling of their latest Land Rover Defender 90 up-fit, which includes a comprehensive exterior and interior makeover and the Chelsea Wide Track name. The Kahn personalization options list is immense, with near limitless combinations of paints, tweeds and leathers to camouflage this classic off-road machine in urban war paint.
Ever the victim of aggressive personalization, the Defender is still trendy because of how impractical and hilariously uncomfortable it is to drive. The mechanicals for Kahn’s extreme makeover stay the same as the stock model, aside from some light engine enhancements to the 2.2-liter turbo diesel and of course the giant wheel/tire/spring package.
These vehicles are part of a new co-branding effort between Kahn Design and the Chelsea Truck Company. Forming what must be the most absurdly wordy name in history, the truck is best referred to as the Chelsea Defender. Offered in the 90 or 110-inch body styles, the Chelsea Defender offers some tasteful and some not-so-tasteful ways for customers to part with their cash.
Cynicism about modified Defenders is possible only from afar. Driving a Defender is still a strange treat off road, but its rude manners on pavement mean that owners have little choice: they must try to engineer improvements themselves via the aftermarket.
Kahn’s custom Land Rover will not be joining the official U.S. price lists any time soon. A fun competitor might be the Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet] - but sadly, the convertible Defender is not one of the five body styles offered for this legendary truck’s designer up-fit.
Click past the jump to read the full review of the new 2013 Land Rover Defender 90 - Chelsea Wide Track By Kahn Design, with a mega gallery of images of the various personalization options.
Just in time for the holidays, Land Rover has released a special edition version of the Freelander 2, called the Black and White Edition. Makes for a nice holiday present, right?
Although there aren’t any performance enhancements, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition differentiates itself to standard models of its kind through a list of aesthetic and aerodynamic enhancements, beginning with two color options that are based on the name it’s been given: Santorini Black or Fuji White.
Other enhancements include a gloss-black front grille, door handles and side vents. The SUV also has privacy glass, heated side-view mirrors, exclusive LED running lights and rides on a set of 17-inch split-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition comes with Ebony black cloth upholstery, power windows, 60-40 folding rear seats, eight-speaker audio system, seven airbags and Bluetooth connectivity.
Whether you opt for the front-wheel-drive or the four-wheel drive variant, both versions come with a 2.2-liter diesel engine, although the former has a 2.2-liter eD4 whereas the latter has a 2.2-liter TD4 diesel. Both versions produce 148 horsepower. The both engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for a six-speed automatic on the TD4 engine. The front-wheel-drive model squeezes out a respectable 47.1 miles per gallon and emits 158g/km of CO2. The four-wheel-drive model returns 45.6 miles per gallon and 165g/km of CO2.
All in all, Land Rover is building 600 units of the Freelander 2 Black and White Edition and have priced he eD4 model at £22,495 ($29,415) while the TD4 model retails for £23,495 ($30,700). We do not expect to see this model in the U.S., unfortunately.
B&B Automobiltechnik is a German tuner that specializes on German vehicles. So it was really surprising that for their latest program, they decided to take on a British SUV in the form of the Range Rover Evoque.
Really, if you’ve seen their past programs, having a British SUV on that list feels a little out of place. But to their credit, they were able to build a program that boasts of impressive improvements on the Evoque’s multitude of engine options.
The base model, which carries a 2.2-liter turbo diesel ED4 or TD4 engine, B&B was able to use its Stage 1 performance kit to increase the SUV’s output from the standard 148 horsepower and 280 lb/ft of torque all the way up 177 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque. If the Stage 1 program isn’t enough for you, the German tuner also has a Stage 2 kit, which boasts output even further, hitting 197 horsepower and 350 lb/ft of torque.
From there, B&B turned its attention on the 2.2-liter SD4 diesel engine. Just like the base model, this engine trim is treated to two performance programs, Level 1 package that boasts the output from 188 horsepower all the way up to 227 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque while the Level 2 package hits all the right notes to 241 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.
Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line 2.2-liter turbocharged engine that already comes with 240 horsepower in production guise. But thanks to B&B and its Stage 1 kit, that output hits 268 horsepower while the Stage 2 kit bumps it up even further to 282 horsepower. And finally, there’s also a Stage 3 kit that gives the Evoque 295 horsepower. This program, in particular, nets the SUV a new 0-62 mph time of just 6.5 seconds with a faster top speed of 143 mph.
Calling it like we see it, B&B Automobiltechnik managed to give Evoque owners not only variety, but impressive aftermarket engine improvements.