Land Rover release new fuel-efficient Ingenium diesel engine
Land Rover has announced that the Discovery Sport is available to order now with JLR’s new Ingenium diesel engine range that will over fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg whilst reducing emissions to as little as 129g/km. The 2.0-litre engine is already used in the Jaguar XE and will be available in two states of tune.
The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit will be available in either 148bhp or 178bhp variants. They effectively replace the old 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel that was initially the only engine offered from launch. This means that the price has also been reduced by £1,670, bringing the entry-level car down to £30,695.
Irrespective of which output you opt for, it will be mated to six-speed manual gearbox, with power sent to all four wheels. The higher-powered version will also be available with a nine-speed automatic transmission as an option.
In comparison to the outgoing 2.2-litre diesel unit, the new smaller-capacity Ingenium diesel units will be significantly cheaper to run. In its most efficient form, the Land Rover Discovery Sport will be able to return 57.7mpg whilst emitting just 129g/km of CO2. Service intervals have also been extended, from 16,000-miles to 21,000. In order to reduce weight and improve the economy and emissions, this engine will only be available with the five-seat layout.
The higher-output 178bhp version will return up to 53.3mpg and emit a still very credible 139g/km of CO2. This engine will also be unique in allowing the more practical 5+2 optional seating arrangement.
At the same time as announcing the new engines, the company has also chosen to release details of a new flagship model, the HSE Black. It will be priced from £41,250.
Since its launch, more than 6,500 orders for the Discovery Sport have been taken. The first deliveries of the cars containing the new Ingenium engine are expected to take place from September.
This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto
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