Land Rover Defender diesel prototype spotted in US

Land Rover Defender diesel prototype spotted in US

October 14, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Testing spotted a prototype of the British Land Rover Defender SUV, which was reportedly powered by a 3.0-liter diesel engine. A test sample was spotted on a United States track.

This recently released video from the TFLnow team on the YouTube channel of the same name shows us the next generation Land Rover Defender with the manufacturer’s license plate and a special sticker clearly visible on the rear of the SUV. However, the exhaust system is of particular interest here.

In the United States, where this SUV prototype was captured, the Defender is available with a wide selection of gasoline engines. The base is a 2.0-liter, twin-turbo four-cylinder that delivers 296 hp. (400 Nm). There is also the 3.0-liter “mild” hybrid I6, which develops a combined 395 hp. (550 Nm). Both engines direct exhaust gases back through dual tailpipes, one on each side.

Notably, the Defender has the same exhaust system with its 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine.

Its overall power is not as high as that of the petrol “six”, but it has a wide torque curve.

This leads us to one of two conclusions. Either a new exhaust system for petrol engines is being tested on this Defender prototype, or it is working with a diesel engine. The latter is certainly intriguing, because if true, the obvious question is, why is Land Rover testing the diesel Defender in the States?

In all fairness, automakers are testing new vehicles all over the world, so just because a diesel prototype of a Defender was spotted on a track in the US does not mean that a diesel version of the SUV will be unveiled for the US. However, this is an interesting observation, and from time to time there were rumors that the Defender with a diesel engine would arrive in North America. There are also plenty of sightings of V8-powered Defenders, but these prototypes have four tailpipes in the back.

Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that a tuned Land Rover Defender appeared on sale. 5-door Land Rover Defender 110 at the expense of the British tuning company Project Kahn acquired the Vesuvius Edition, informs on Wednesday, October 7.