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.
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.
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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.