Land Rover enthusiasts clamoring for diesel models to enter U.S. markets may see their wish granted thanks to new, Euro-6 emissions standards.
The next iteration of European emissions standards will greatly reduce NOx emissions from diesel vehicles, allowing future European diesels to meet the stricter requirements of the United States. Early reports from Edmunds and Motor Authority indicate that variants of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport diesel-electric hybrids will be the first models brought to the U.S.
The popularity of diesel vehicles in the U.S. is on the rise due in large part to the increased fuel efficiency offered by diesel models - one needn’t look any further than the Volkswagen Touraeg for proof of a diesel SUV’s viability in North America. Of course, when Land Rover enthusiasts think “diesel Rovers” their minds are typically drawn to the Land Rover Defender, the iconic model that has long been unavailable in the U.S.. No word yet on whether the Defender will make its way to our shores, but with new electric Defender prototypes making their debut at auto shows in the past year, it would seem that anything is possible.
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