Let’s hope this is legitimate, and would explain a lot. It would be a shame if LR followed the logic of “well we offered diesels in vehicles guys don’t want, and they weren’t big sellers, so we’re not going to put a diesel in a vehicle people are lining up to buy if we offer it with one.”Was re-reading an Autocar article after the new Defender launch and caught this tidbit about the diesels...
Meanwhile, an additional, more powerful diesel engine is said to be under development for 2021. The six-cylinder D300 will deliver a 0-62mph time rumoured to be below 8sec and is being considered for launch in the US, as well as Europe.
I can see it not being worth going through the EPA testing of their current diesels for one year, not to mention pissing off the guys who buy one with a small diesel out of the box, only to offer a more powerful one the next year. Most USA buyers care more about power and range than they do about all-out economy.
They might also be deliberately lowering the demand for them in order to be able to keep up with production and minimize first year teething issues. I tend to doubt that’s the case, but they may be smarter than I give them credit for.