• Jul 20, 2010
2011 Land Rover Range Rover – Click above for high-res image gallery

It really is too bad, at least for us Americans, that U.S. and European emission standards aren't in sync. The misaligned standards prevent many automakers from offering us Yanks the latest and greatest in fuel efficient diesel engines already available overseas. The disappointing trend continues with the 2011 Range Rover, as Land Rover rather predictably tuned its new oil burning 4.4-liter V8 for Euro-only duty.

But while we won't be able to experience a diesel Land Rover that can hit 30 miles per gallon in the European combined cycle, Autocar reports that the next generation of the engine will in fact be ready for U.S. duty. Insiders at the Tata Motors-owned automaker reportedly told the UK site that the next-gen diesel will "very likely to come to the U.S." Our friends overseas are just now getting their hands on the first 4.4-liter diesel Range Rovers, so the next diesel isn't likely to surface until 2014 or 2015.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and by the time they have the diesel ready in 2014 or 2015, the EPA will have continued their stupid streak and upped the requirements again. I swear it is a conspiracy.

      Don't let Americans have what they want, just let them have what government allows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate our Govt and their rules over automobiles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait...you consider an Infinity and rebadged Toyota SUV better looking than a Range Rover?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember it was mentioned before, but was it ever cofirmed if that 4.4L was the same one that Ford was working on for the F-150?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel SUVs = Awesome.

      My father has a Bluetec ML and it can easily get 29MPG on the highway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The ML is actually VERY capable off-road, even more so when equipped with the off-road package. In stock form, it would walk all over the Highlan.... errr... RX.

        The RX is about a second faster 0-60 than the diesel ML or X5, big deal. It still can't tow, it still can't offroad, its 4WD system is a joke, and you are STILL going to have to replace the battery pack after a while which costs THOUSANDS of dollars. Yeah, I wouldn't call that an inexpensive vehicle to operate.

        The RX gets better gas mileage than ANY diesel? You sure about that? Might want to check the stats on some of the GLK, ML, X5, X3, Q5 models that are offered with a four cylinder diesel overseas.

        Again, enjoy your Highlander. That is all it is, a Toyota Highlander for posuers who want the Hybrid badge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, you really are ignorant. Is it even possible to be rated any lower than you currently are?

        A family sedan is just about as capable as the RX off-road. The RX can barely tow anything, load that thing to its pathetic 3,500 pound limit and it will be a true slug. It certainly doesn't have more torque than the diesel ML/Q7/X5, and that is also why it would be an awful towing vehicle. Do you ever have to replace the battery packs on the ML? No, because it isn't a useless hybrid. I could go on for quite some time.

        You would have to drive that thing for over 10 years and 240,000 miles to recuperate the costs upfront over the standard RX. Pointless indeed, that is, unless you like to throw your money away.

        Enjoy your Highlander.

      • 4 Years Ago
      You know that your "legendary" Toyota,though a great truck,was originally "inspired" by the LR rt? And every one knows that Toyota still falls short.
      Too bad we cant get such fuel efficient diesels.
      BTW did any one notice the interior? You guys may have seen this before but looks like the RR now has the Jag shifter. And gone are those terrain control selector knob that Ford decided to copy for the explorer. I am not sure what to feel about the Jag type pop up selector for an offroader though( looks less masculine!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      You are on drugs if you think the QX is good looking. It is almost unanimous that it is a bloated, tacky, monstrosity.

      The "legendary Lexus LX" is flat out a rebadged Landcruiser. The Landcruiser is legendary, its rebadge is NOT. What it is, is a ridiculous way to spend more to get the same thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look! It's decorated for Christmas in front!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the Range Rooney / Wayne Rover, you didn't know that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Range Rover is the limo of off-roaders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The amount of down-ranking you've sustained is extraordinary. Can you delete your account and post under a different name, because you're doing Lexus' image serious harm. I'm sure they'd rather not be associated with such extreme fanboism, and this is from a Lexus fan.
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