The Evoque diesel could be powered by a brand new 2.0-liter mill.
Land Rover has confirmed it is considering selling a diesel-powered variant of the compact Evoque crossover in the United States.
"Nothing is confirmed yet, but as we continue to investigate options that's definitely something that's being considered," said Kim McCullough, the marketing vice president of Jaguar - Land Rover's North American arm.
In Europe, the Evoque is offered with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 190 horsepower and 309 lb-ft. of torque in its most powerful configuration. The oil-burner can't be sold in the U.S. because it can't be easily modified to comply with emissions regulations, which likely explains why Land Rover didn't enter the diesel segment when it first introduced the Evoque.
The diesel-powered Evoque will be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is part of new Ingenium family of engines. Technical details are not available yet but the engine will also be found under the hood of many Jaguar - Land Rover products including the recently-introduced Discovery Sport and the XE.
If it is well received, the Evoque diesel will pave the way for more oil-burning Land Rovers.
"There's a much greater acceptance for diesel in the U.S. market. You'll see diesels eventually coming in on both brands," confirmed McCullough in an interview with AutoGuide.
Sister company Jaguar has all but announced it will enter the growing diesel market next year when it introduces the new XE sedan. The 3-Series-fighter will initially land with a 2.0-liter gasoline-burning engine, but a diesel-powered version is expected to join the lineup shortly after.