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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:23 PM
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Possible LR Diesel engines entering the US... in Ford's

I read an interesting blurb in a recent issue of Petersons Of 4wd and off road.

Apparently Ford is possibly going to source diesel engines from Land Rover for some of their domestic SUV's. Of course, this would mean that they would HAVE to be EPA and DOT approved engines that meet US emissions standards.

Now, this begs the question. If Ford is going to go through all the development cost to make the Rover diesels into US legal powerplants.... what excuses does Land Rover have left for not importing Diesel Discoveries? Also... would this possibly mean an affordable, and legal, source for engines for us?

Sure, the Defender still needs some work such as impact and roll-over standards to meet, but wasn't the big issue getting the engines DOT approved? It makes one wonder....

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Old January 29th, 2007, 08:40 PM
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Old January 29th, 2007, 10:02 PM
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Supposedly Jeep was doing very well with the Diesel Liberty.... until the new DOT regulations made the engine non-compliant. There should be a new one available I think in the 2008 model year, and 2009 at the latest.

If Ford does well with the Diesels in whatever they stuff them into (Explorer? Not sure there), then LR might change their mind.
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Not enough market for the Diesel LR?
Ding ding ding we have a winner. Besides us on the various websites would there really be a market for a diesel?
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Ummm, but the current Defender has a Ford engine??? They use the engine from the Transit van.
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Ummm, but the current Defender has a Ford engine??? They use the engine from the Transit van.
No one ever said it would make sense.
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it will only be time before most cars here will have a diesel option to choose from. VW is going to have a couple in the next year or so and so is Subaru, and Audi. give it about 2 years and you will see most auto manufacturers with diesel options. diesel is way cleaner now than how it was back in the day.
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