If you’re in the market for a new diesel-powered car or SUV in Canada, the offerings these days are pretty slim.
While diesel cars remain widely available in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, the inroads they were making in North America came to a screeching halt when the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal involving its diesel cars broke in September 2015.
The retreat was swift. Diesel cars began to disappear from dealer lots almost immediately, and not just from brands owned by Volkswagen. Mercedes-Benz has also stopped selling diesels in North America, and the scandal has likely altered the product plans of other manufacturers as well. The risk of being tarred by negative publicity, justified or not, simply isn’t worth it for many global automakers.
Nearly three years later, as Volkswagen valiantly attempts to put the debacle behind it by settling various class action lawsuits in both Canada and the U.S., echoes of the scandal remain, with many manufacturers declining to bring diesel cars to North America as a result.
Compiled below (in alphabetical order) is a list of new cars and SUVs sold in Canada with a diesel option.
Note: The base MSRP listed applies to diesel models only. The list does not include light trucks, which also offer several diesel options.
BMW 328d xDrive – Base MSRP: $47,400
BMW’s diesel 3-series sedan comes one way, with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine (180 hp / 280 lb-ft.) mated to an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
BMW 540d xDrive – Base MSRP: $72,150
The 5 Series was all-new for 2017 and there are five models available in Canada, including hybrid and diesel options. The 540d is powered by a 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine (261 hp /457 lb-ft.) paired with an 8-speed automatic and AWD.
Chevrolet Cruze / Cruze Hatch – Base MSRP: $24,495 / $26,695
Chevy’s compact diesel offering is available as both a sedan and a hatchback, both of which are powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine (137 hp / 240 lb-ft.) that is paired with either a 6-speed manual or 9-speed automatic.
Chevrolet Equinox – Base MSRP: $34,200
Chevy’s compact crossover is all-new for 2018 and, for the first time, there’s a diesel offering. Like the Cruze diesel, the Equinox variant is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder (136 hp / 236 lb-ft.) paired with a 6-speed automatic. Available in both FWD and AWD.
GMC Terrain – Base MSRP: $34,300
Like its Equinox cousin, the GMC Terrain is all-new for 2018 and carries a diesel option. The Terrain utilizes the same 1.6-litre turbo-diesel 4-cylinder, but the GMC gets slightly more power out of it (137 hp / 240 lb-ft.) mated to a 6-speed automatic. Available in both FWD and AWD.
Jaguar XE – Base MSRP: $45,900
Jaguar’s compact sedan is available primarily with three engines: a supercharged gas V6, a turbocharged gas 4-cylinder with two output profiles, and a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder. The latter is a 2.0-litre unit that produces 180 hp and 318 lb-ft. of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Jaguar XF – Base MSRP: $60,900
The mid-size XF sedan, like its smaller XE stablemate, utilizes a supercharged V6, a gas turbo 4-cylinder with two tuning options, and a turbo-diesel 4-cylinder. Similarly, the latter has the same output in the XF as it does in the XE: 180 hp / 318 lb-ft. Power is put to the ground via an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Jaguar F-Pace – Base MSRP: $51,250
The diesel offering from Jaguar’s mid-size SUV utilizes the same drivetrain as the company’s XE and XF sedans: a gas turbo 4-cylinder with two output profiles, a supercharged V6, and a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (180 hp / 318 lb-ft.). All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Land Rover Discovery – Base MSRP $65,900
The mid-size Discovery was all-new for 2017 and is offered in Canada with two 3.0-litre V6 engines, one of which is a turbo-diesel. In the Discovery, it produces 254 hp and 443 lb-ft. of torque and is paired with an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Land Rover Range Rover – Base MSRP: $113,000
The diesel variant of the full-size Range Rover is powered by the same 3.0-litre turbo V6 (254 hp / 443 lb-ft.) offered in other Land Rover products. The transmission is also the same ZF-sourced, 8-speed automatic which is paired with standard AWD.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport – Base MSRP: $80,800
The Range Rover Sport uses the same diesel powertrain as the regular Range Rover: a 3.0-litre turbo V6 (254 hp / 443 lb-ft.) mated to an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
Land Rover Range Rover Velar – Base MSRP: $62,000
The compact Velar is all-new for 2018 and comes with one diesel option in Canada, a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder (180 hp / 317 lb-ft.) paired with an 8-speed automatic and standard AWD.
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