Land Rover continues to expand the Defender range with a new mild-hybrid 3.0-litre unit
2 June 2020

Just weeks after a petrol V8 Defender was caught testing near Land Rover’s base at Gaydon, our spy photographer has caught the first six-cylinder diesel test mule.

Although the new shots only show a rear-side angle of the 4x4, the prototype’s number plate reveals the 4x4 uses a mild-hybrid 3.0-litre diesel engine. 

The first sighting follows a document leaked last year that revealed Land Rover’s intent to offer a six-pot engine as the sole diesel option for the Defender in the US market. 

Autocar understands Jaguar Land Rover is well into developing diesel versions of its latest Ingenium straight six as part of a modular engine family. Set to be badged D300, the Defender is expected to receive a 296bhp version as the units gradually roll out across both brands. The fact that it's registered as a mild hybrid fits into this. 

The leaked document claimed a 7.4sec 0-62mph time, although it’s not clear if this is for the Defender 90 or 110. It’s expected that the engine will roll out in the US towards the end of this year and also find its way into the European and UK line-up at a similar time.

The six-cylinder diesel option will sit above the current diesel offerings: the four-cylinder D200 and D240, which offer up 197bhp and 237bhp respectively. It should also offer substantially more torque than the 317lb ft the four-cylinder units offer. A further variant to be introduced, likely in early 2021 or before, will be a petrol plug-in hybrid model expected to be badged P400e. 

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2 June 2020

Would you invest in a company that believes future profitability will come from the sale of diesel powered past icons ?

2 June 2020

Absolutly, i will definitly invest in something that will stop electric cars. There Junk!

2 June 2020
XanderC wrote:

Absolutly, i will definitly invest in something that will stop electric cars. There Junk!

Eelctric cars are the same as ICE cars in that there are good ones, bad ones and average ones.

 

2 June 2020
peetee wrote:

Would you invest in a company that believes future profitability will come from the sale of diesel powered past icons ?

Profits will come from diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric for years to come. If you believe the future is soley electric you are wrong, ICEs till have a place.

2 June 2020
typos1 wrote:

peetee wrote:

Would you invest in a company that believes future profitability will come from the sale of diesel powered past icons ?

Profits will come from diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric for years to come. If you believe the future is soley electric you are wrong, ICEs till have a place.

 

Point is JLR are not making profits!

3 June 2020
typos1 wrote:

peetee wrote:

Would you invest in a company that believes future profitability will come from the sale of diesel powered past icons ?

Profits will come from diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric for years to come. If you believe the future is soley electric you are wrong, ICEs till have a place.

3 June 2020

Diesel is cleaner than petroland taking the whole of life damage including betteries and recycling almost as good as electric which is just a passing fad anyway. Hydrogen fuel cells are the furure

3 June 2020
On the absence of facts, just make something up. Hydrogen fuel cells are not the future, most companies have given up on them. They may have a place for long distance trucking. Diesel is pretty much dead, consumers have started to switch away from them, second hand value are collapsing. Petrol may have a life as a hybrid technology, but EVs are the future. In the US, Wells Fargo has stopped financing ICE cars....

2 June 2020

Aboiut time the 6 cylinder diesel Ingenium appeared; development of engine variants has been glacial really, considering the first 4 cylinder diesel appeared 5 years ago

2 June 2020
Mikey C wrote:

Aboiut time the 6 cylinder diesel Ingenium appeared; development of engine variants has been glacial really, considering the first 4 cylinder diesel appeared 5 years ago

I wonder if the Ingenium diesel 6 will use Fiat's Multi Air system under license like the petrol Ingeniums ?

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