A leaked shot of an internal BMWNA Powerpoint presentation confirms a previous report we published in August: starting in 2013, a wide range of BMW diesels will make their way into the U.S. market.
Earlier this year, BMW made an announcement outlining their high-level plans to bring more diesel models on American soil. At the time the Bavarians only mentioned the engine choices while refraining from placing them into a specific product: a 2.0 liter four-cylinder and 3.0 liter six-cylinder units.
Our own sources said at the time that the following series will get a diesel variant: 3 Series sedan and sports wagon, 5 Series diesel (with the optional xDrive), 740d, X3 and X5.
The leaked slide confirms our report and it also adds a timeline. The 3 Series sedan with a four-cylinder turbo will arrive in the first half of next year, followed by the 3er Sports Wagon in the second half of 2013. Next to receive the diesel treatment is the 5 Series scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of 2013.
BMW will introduce the third generation X5 in late 2013 and along with a new design, the high-seller SAV will continued to be offered with the xDrive35d configuration. For the first time in the U.S., a diesel engine will be offered for the X3 (first half of 2014). While not confirmed, we believe a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine will be used for the midsize premium SAV.
At the high-end of the range BMW will offer a 7 Series model with a diesel banger as well. The 740d is due out in first half of 2014 and will be powered by the 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged unit.
We will keep you updated as things progress, but in the mean time, don’t hesitate to vote in our poll: “Are you thinking about buying a diesel in the U.S.?”