The current pair of engines available in the Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are not even remotely worth complaining about. We've heaped praise on the top-end 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 in virtually every vehicle Land Rover (and Jaguar) has fitted it to – it's truly excellent. The newer 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 is a charmer on its own, offering a powerful, but more fuel-efficient version of the Land Rover experience. But anyone that's messed about with Land Rover's European configurators knows we here in the US market are missing out – we want the diesels.

And for 2015, that's just what we're getting, as Land Rover has announced that its 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V6, sold in Europe as the TDV6, will be sold in the US market Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The new engines will elevate the economy figures for the typically thirsty SUVs to an estimated 28 miles per gallon, Land Rover reports.

Now admittedly, the timing for this decision could be better, what with gasoline costs hovering around $2.00 a gallon and diesel averaging well north $3.00. The extra torque and fuel economy of the diesel-powered SUVs should hopefully be enough for customers to see past the increased cost per tank, though. At least it probably will be for us, and we mustn't forget that fuel prices are a fickle thing on which to base long-term automotive buying decisions.

Stay tuned for more on the oil-burning Range Rover and Range Rover Sport in the coming days, as we check out the new engines on the floor of the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Until then, though, check out the brief press release from Land Rover, available below the related videos.

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2015 North American International Auto Show Summary

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For the first time in the U.S., Jaguar Land Rover will be introducing diesel-fueled products to their model line-up. Jaguar Land Rover will contribute to the growing diesel market and offer optional diesel powertrains, choosing Detroit as the stage to make their announcement. Details will be released at a press briefing on Sunday, January 11 at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The briefing will also provide a global business update, 2014 global sales results, other key product announcements and the first opportunity to see two key vehicles for the first time in the U.S.: the diesel-powered Range Rover Sport and the all-new Jaguar XE.

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As part of the diesel introduction, Land Rover will debut the Td6 Turbocharged Diesel 6-cylinder engine, offering a potent torque curve and increased fuel economy (estimated 28 MPG EPA rating). This global diesel engine will be offered in the U.S. market across the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport product lines. Exceptional luxury, capable performance and improved fuel economy underline a commitment to improving fuel efficiency while meeting the high expectations of Jaguar Land Rover customers. Diesel-powered Range Rover and Range Rover Sport vehicles will be on display during press days.

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