Range Rover to ditch V8s by year end

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Words: NZ Autocar
27 Mar 2020

Land Rover is about to replace the V8 turbodiesel in the Range Rover Vogue and RR Sport with new six-cylinder mild hybrid diesel engines, according to an Autocar UK report.

While four-cylinder mild hybrid systems are used in new Evoque and Discovery Sport, two new six-cylinder diesels will form the basis of the mild hybrids in the firm’s top offerings.

Although details are yet to be confirmed, it is thought that a 220kW 3.0-litre six-pot mild hybrid unit, badged D300, will be offered on upper versions of the Range Rover Sport. Expect a significant fuel use saving for this powertrain, as well as smoother stop/start driving thanks to its integrated belt starter-generator.

A more potent version of that engine, to be dubbed D350, will output 257kW and will end up powering HST variants. That will supersede the Ford-sourced 4.4-litre diesel V8 produced in Mexico. Sources suggest there will be 700Nm of torque to go, ensuring a 0-100 time of around 6.5sec for the Range Rover Sport. Mean fuel use of 8.0L/100km is quoted (210g/km of CO2), a reasonable improvement on 8.7 for the V8.

The same two engines will be used in the bigger Range Rovers, with the sprint time of the D350 rising to 7.1sec and CO2 emissions up to 225g/km. The D350 will only be available on the top spec Rangies.

These units are both likely to find their way into the Jaguar F-Pace at some point. Not only is the V8 diesel going, going gone but it’s the same for the Ford-sourced AJ V8 as well, production to end sometime later in the year.

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