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Diesel

Diesel-Powered Vehicles at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Say the word "diesel" and people immediately think of dirty, stinky and loud over-the-road trucks. That’s just not true any more. Today’s modern diesel engines are quiet, powerful and efficient. Best of all they don’t smell any more!

Diesel engines are inherently more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. Take, for example, the Land Rover Range Rover Velar. With the six-cylinder gas engine the Velar is EPA rated at 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The diesel counterpart carries a rating of 26 mpg city and 30mpg highway. That’s roughly a 25% improvement. Better yet, the diesel will save you more than $400 per year in fuel costs.

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An the other end of the spectrum, there’s the all-new Jaguar XE. The base gas engine rates a respectable 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Opt for the diesel and you’re sipping along to the tune of 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway -- those are hybrid numbers.

Another advantage of diesel engines is the amount of low-speed grunt they offer. Exhibit A, Ram’s Cummins Turbo makes 900 lb-ft of torque. Exhibit B, Chevy’s Duramax diesel pumps out 910 lb/ft of torque. Exhibit C (and the closing argument), Ford’s Powerstroke in the Super Duty produces 925 pound-feet of torque. So if you’re pulling a boat out of the water or stump out of the ground, there’s no better choice than a diesel.

You can find the following diesel-powered vehicles on display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show or at the Vehicles on Display section of the auto show Web site.