Rumor: BMW X3 Diesel and 7 Series Diesel coming to the U.S.

Featured Posts, Rumors | January 12th, 2011 by 12
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BMW rumor mills continues to churn and latest and greatest rumor mentions the BMW X3 diesel and 7 Series diesel being approved for the U.S. …

BMW rumor mills continues to churn and latest and greatest rumor mentions the BMW X3 diesel and 7 Series diesel being approved for the U.S. market. According to a source, the two vehicles have been approved for production and will enter the U.S. market by the end of this year.

No details around the engine offerings have been released to us, but based on a speculative, yet educated guess, we expect to see the same powerplant as found in the X5 xDrive35d and the 335d. The 3.0 liter turbocharged engine is the only diesel approved by U.S. EPA therefore the engine turns into the prime candidate for future diesel models in the U.S.

The X3 xDrive35d is expected to deliver even better performance than the X5d, with faster 0 to 60 mph times and also fuel consumption. The 735d will be placed as an entry-level 7er, next to our top pick 740i. The new X3 is shaping up to be one of BMW’s biggest bets for 2011 in the North American market and based on the successful sales of the X5 diesel, the decision to expand the line-up is more than reasonable.

BMW X3 2011 22 655x491At the same time, we suspect the 7 Series diesel to be more of a marketing response to the S-class diesel offered by Mercedes-Benz in the United States, a great move to attract luxury vehicles buyers who are looking at more eco-friendly and fuel efficient models.

The 335d and X5d’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six produces 265 horsepower and 425 foot pounds of torque. The powerful clean diesel engine is exclusively mated to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The official mileage estimates for the BMW 335d are 23 city / 36 highway MPG, while the X5 35d is rated by the EPA at 19mpg city and 25 highway.

Pricing and production dates have not been communicated to us.

We are working on confirming these news, but for now, we would like to keep them at a rumor level.

12 responses to “Rumor: BMW X3 Diesel and 7 Series Diesel coming to the U.S.”

  1. kcsnyud says:

    This’ll be one big hit…

  2. Laszlo says:

    both cars along with the 335D and 535D will rule the market. By by MB and Audi, if nothing else this will kill their competition. Its a shame that Audi who was a pioneer in powerful diesels back in the 90’s hasn’t done this earlier.
    BMW could make the killing even worse for the competition if they decide to bring the 123D engine over in the 1 and 3 series. That small 4cyl diesel is powerful clean and economical.

    good step by BMW.

  3. It will be interesting to see if they mate these engines to the 8-speed transmission. It’s a bit disadvantageous to their diesel line-up that the six-cylinder gas unit with the 8-speed gets nearly equal highway milage as the six-cylinder diesel unit with the 6-speed. I really want to own one, but this is developing so fast that I’d hate to make a purchase only to have it be obsolete within a year!

  4. ChrisM135i says:

    “I just wish we would get the 2.0 liter diesel”

    The X3 xDrive20d is an incredible car! We recently made a test drive to Berchtesgaden and Austria and our fuel economy was near 40 mpg. We publish a complete report at the Diesel Driver soon :-)

    Regarding the upcomind US Diesels.. Was there also any info or rumor regarding the 535d ?!

  5. samir snood says:

    Any news about new BMW diesels is exciting, but a diesel 5 series would make more sense than a 7 series. I’ll buy the 535d the minute it hits the U.S.

  6. lj says:

    BMW should offer the x3 30d here in the USA. A 35d with the 6 speed trans isn’t nearly as efficient.

  7. lj says:

    Any updates on this?

  8. David M says:

    According to the ads on television, all X3 vehicles are manufactured in the US. So the diesel is already in the US – we just need to KEEP it here!

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