Leaked Order Sheet Suggests $1,500 Price Premium for Diesel Range Rover Sport
Base SE Diesel to Cost $66,450
A leaked document posted to Land Rover enthusiast website OvalNews.com suggests that the diesel-powered Range Rover Sport will carry just a $1,500 price premium over the equivalent gasser. The 2016 Range Rover Sport SE will cost $64,950 when equipped with the supercharged 3.0L gas V-6, while the 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 in the SE Td6 ups the price to $66,450.
In exchange for the extra cash, Land Rover will give diesel Range Rover Sport owners a 32-percent improvement in EPA-rated fuel economy at 22/28 mpg city/highway. Those numbers fall in between the larger and more powerful Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC (19/26) and the five-seater Jeep Grand Cherokee (22/30). The Range Rover’s fuel savings make us think the diesel is a great value proposition, even with the extra cash required to buy in.
The Range Rover Sport Td6 will also come with 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, which is less power than the gas model but far more torque. Performance should be slightly worse with the diesel but not annoyingly so. Land Rover estimates a 0-60 time of about 7.1 seconds.
The Sport’s $1,500 premium isn’t a lot to ask, insofar as diesel luxury SUVs are concerned. Volkswagen asks an extra $3,500 for the pleasure of driving an oil-burning Touareg, while Jeep’s (substantially cheaper) Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel costs $4,500 over an equivalent gas V-6–powered model. The outlier in this comparison is the GL350 BlueTEC diesel, which is actually cheaper than the least expensive gas-powered model.
Pricing for the fullsize Range Rover Td6 has yet to be announced, but we see no reason why it wouldn’t follow the same pattern as its little brother. Plan on paying about $1,500 extra for the diesel version of Land Rover’s ultimate luxury SUV.