Rumor: BMW 7 Series Diesel Coming To U.S. Next Year

Rumors | June 5th, 2012 by 9
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According to a report by Car and Driver, BMW is planning to bring a diesel 7 Series to the U.S. market. The life cycle impulse …

According to a report by Car and Driver, BMW is planning to bring a diesel 7 Series to the U.S. market. The life cycle impulse of the flagship model was unveiled last week, but the big news come from the possibility of a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six finally reaching the hands of U.S. drivers.

The model will be sold under the 735d or 740d badge and will most likely feature the 3.0 liter engine with 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque. Another version of the 3.0 liter unit is sold in Europe and produced significantly more power: 308 hp and 465 lb-ft. It remains unknown if BMW has to homologate this engine for the North American market.

If coming to America, the 7er diesel will compete against the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec and Audi A8 3.0 TDI.

Rumor: BMW 7 Series Diesel Coming To U.S. Next Year

In line with what we have heard, BMW of North America initially hoped to bring the new tri-turbo diesels, but due to homologation expenses the plans have been scrapped. The newly engineered tri-turbo makes 381 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque.

Car and Driver:

We’ve heard from both sides of the ocean that BMW AG, the European mother ship, also was interested in bringing the car to market here. As it turns out, however, the M550d would have needed to be on sale for more months than are left in the life cycle for the current-gen 5-series to justify emissions-compliance costs. That’s actually quite a long time, since we’re not expecting to see the next 5-series for another four to six years. The fact that BMW was considering this car—and therefore doing the federal legwork and abiding years of payback time—is evidence that the company really is listening to fanatical Dieselthesists in this country. We may have lost the battle for the M550d, but with the 7-series now confirmed and a diesel in the plans for the new 3-series, we’re still in the thick of the war.

Here is to hope that the diesel lineup will expand in the United States.

  • JRobUSC

    They ought to bring over a 320d, 520d, X1 20d, and X3 20d. There’s plenty of years left on all those models to make it worthwhile, and they’d sell in much higher quantities than an M550d or 740d. I think Americans would be all over a 40-50mpg vehicle with tons of torque and strong driving dynamics. Who needs a Prius or hybrid?

    • mckillio

      The US would definitely need the x25d models, the 20d ones wouldn’t cut it here.

      • JRobUSC

        then you haven’t driven one. You’d convert a lot of people with a 320d that gets 50+mpg, runs 0-60 in about 7s, and drives and handles like a real car (i.e. not like a Prius). It’d be perfect in an X1 or X3, as well, since it’s unlikely folks buying the turbo 4 gas engine in those are drag racing them. With 280lb-ft of torque there’s plenty of grunt, and close to double the fuel economy. That’d sell a lot of cars.

        • mckillio

          As is the 20d’s are 181hp and I don’t think a BMW with less than 200hp would do well in the US. I think the 204hp 25d engine is the way to go. The 20d Efficient Dynamics engine might do well if it has the 20d 184hp.

      • JRobUSC

        and keep in mind the acceleration figures might not be staggering, but they’d be in line with the Infiniti G25, Lexus IS250, and Mercedes C250, while again returning close to double the fuel economy. Sounds like a winning recipe to me.

  • Guest

    Is our diesel of sufficient quality for these high-tech European engines? I had heard it isn’t.

  • bmw SUCKS

    Who’s going to buy this mediocre crap? There are two obvious choices: Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8. Go hang yourselves, foolish bmw engineers.

  • bmw SUCKS

    Look, the 310hp A6 3.0TFSI turns to dust the ridiculous 400hp 550i. A bright testimony of Audi’s supremacy over for-fools-only bmw.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Dude stop. It’s enough. We will delete every single comment from now on.

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