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BMW X5 diesel lands on Top Selling Diesel list

BMW X5 | May 24th, 2013 by 10
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According to Wards, the U.S. sales of diesel-powered cars and trucks have grown 41 percent in the past five years to almost 409,000 last year. …

According to Wards, the U.S. sales of diesel-powered cars and trucks have grown 41 percent in the past five years to almost 409,000 last year. The top selling diesel model in the United States is the Ford F-Series, followed by its competitor, the Ram Ram Pickup, and not at all surprisingly, the VW Jetta.

With 10,276 units, the BMW X5 is the first premium model in the Top Selling Diesel list, followed with 6,688 units by Mercedes-Benz GL.

In a previous review, our own Chuck Vossler describes the heart of the X5 diesel:

BMW X5 diesel lands on Top Selling Diesel list

The BMW X5 35d’s diesel motor, internal code name M57TU, is an inline-6 cylinder 3.0-liter with an aluminum alloy block. It has 4 valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams and sequential twin turbochargers. Third-generation Piezo common rail direct injection pumps fuel in at 26,000 psi. The X5 35d motor produces peak 265 horsepower at 4200 rpm. An impressive 425 lb-ft of torque is available from 1,750 rpm through 2,250 rpm. The M57TU has a compression ratio of 16.5:1 and produces 88.3 hp per liter. The BMW M57 diesel hustles the X5 35d 0-60 in 6.9 seconds and yields 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg for the city. Add in a fuel capacity of 22.5 gallons and you get a theoretical, bladder busting highway range of 585 miles.

[Comparison: 2012 BMW X5 35d vs. 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel]

The next generation BMW X5 due out this summer will continue to be offered with the xDrive35d option, but it remains unknown if the model will be available at market launch.

Brand Model 2012 Sales
Ford F-Series 105,239
Ram Ram Pickup 87,722
Volkswagen Jetta 48,099
Chevrolet Silverado 43,015
Volkswagen Passat 26,469
GMC Sierra 21,792
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van 20,929
BMW X5 10,276
Volkswagen Golf 10,043
Mercedes-Benz GL 6,688

Source: Ward’s AutoInfoBank

  • fredyschiftan@aol.com

    BMW please bring more Diesels To the USA, some european models will be a great addition to the market …. specially the smaller models with high MPG ,,,,,.

  • John

    I’m surprised the X5d outsold the Golf TDI.

  • baloo588

    I prefer my 2013 Ml350 Blutec over the BMW X5. The ML is smoother with a better engine and pickup then the BMW X5. The ride is more forgiving and the overall look inside and out makes the X5 feel archaic. The X5 with runflats felt very choppy and the steering was a tad slow in response.

    • lekkousa

      If yours is better, why does the X5 outsell it?

    • lekkousa

      If yours is better, why does the X5 outsell it?

      • baloo588

        Do you not know why? Mercedes has 2 SUV with diesels so ppl can choose gl or ml depending on what size and number of seatings they want. So GL takes some sales from ML. Its marketing. BMW only has x5. Simple. Mercedes sells more diesels then BMW. You need you look at the bigger pic. Its nothing to do with x5 being better.

  • auaq

    Wow, look at ford.

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