BMW Diesel Engines coming to the US

News | July 31st, 2007 by 12

I know that everyone has been waiting for a BMW diesel engine to be introduced in the USA automotive market and lots of rumors have …

I know that everyone has been waiting for a BMW diesel engine to be introduced in the USA automotive market and lots of rumors have been flying around on when it will finally be brought here. Here is an official email that BMW sent to one of our forum members:

Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC regarding diesel models in the US market. We appreciate your interest and enthusiasm for our vehicles. I am happy to confirm that yes, BMW NA plans to offer diesel models in all 50 states beginning in 2008.

In 1998, we demonstrated the superiority of our diesel technology on the racetrack by winning the 24-hours of Nürburgring in a race-tuned 320d Sedan. This grueling test of endurance not only proved the 320d’s ability to run longer between fuel stops, but on a larger scale, demonstrated that performance and fuel efficiency are not mutually exclusive.

Today, we offer a wide variety of diesel engines across our entire model range in Europe. Taking home the prestigious Engine of the Year Award several times, our diesel engines are renowned for their unequaled harmony of dynamic performance, innovative technology, surprisingly low fuel consumption, along with a smoothness that is uncommon for a Diesel. The pinnacle of BMW diesel technology to date is the 3.0-liter variable twin-turbo inline six-cylinder introduced recently in the 335d and 535d. With 286-hp and 427 lb-ft of torque, the 535d accelerates to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, while delivering an average of 37 mpg on the highway.

Clearly, this level of technology is predestined for the U.S. market not only in terms of power and efficiency, but for its potential to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, this enhanced concept for minimum exhaust gas emissions has been developed to meet the strict emissions standards in effect in California and other states. With its carbon emissions down 10% – 20% from comparable gasoline vehicles, and near-elimination of both smoke and NOx emissions, BMW Advanced Diesels will be every bit as clean as CARB-legal gasoline engines when they are introduced in the US in 2008.

As a means of producing so much power with a minimum of environmental impact and a maximum of fuel efficiency, it is no surprise that BMW will be among the first to introduce 50-state clean diesel technology. After all, it often takes an independent company like ours to bring an idea like this to the public. I have attached a copy of a BMW Group press release dated November 28, 2006 to this e-mail. It contains the preliminary details of our plan. For the most up-to-date information, I recommend regular visits to our dynamic website; when you visit, be sure to sign up for diesel e-mail updates.

I honestly can’t wait to own and drive a 335d since I only had the chance once to drive a powerful diesel engine when I traveled to Europe.

12 responses to “BMW Diesel Engines coming to the US”

  1. Leif vicktormann says:

    …. people people…. don’t you get it… diesels are all about the torque….
    wait for the m diesel… ( oh it’s definitely coming) it would have 8 gears and a 5000rpm rev limit…. and a 200mph top speed… and did i mention its a 7 series sedan…

  2. ron pousette says:

    Okay – you’re bringing in a big, powerful 3.5 liter twin-turbo diesel in a 5 series or bigger!
    But in this high fuel cost awareness market – why not offer your new 2 liter twin-turbo – that was voted “Engine of the Year”?
    BMW seems to be appealing to the “more power is better” U.S. “Hummer” mentality?
    Why in heaven’s name don’t you offer this, award-winning high torque, fuel efficient 2 l. diesel in the 3 series to go head-to-head with gas engine “hybrids”?
    In my opinion, BMW is missing a golden opportunity to be ahead of the pack and exploit this remarkable 2 l. engine.

  3. joshua says:

    I agreed get some of those smaller diesels on the road… what are you waiting for???

  4. john says:

    Does anybody know if BMW has any diesels at the dealer or when they are landing?

  5. Dave says:

    I love BMW diesels. I had one of their early examples in 1985. It was a 524td. It was only 2.4 liters but it had lots of torque. It also powered a small 22 foot RV and would push it over 100 mph! I had over 370,000 miles on it before I retired it for the transmission was going bad on it. The evelution of BMW diesels are far better now and I would love to have another. I own a 7 series now but would be glad to own a smaller BMW with a diesel engine in it…

  6. Robert Mondesi says:

    I know own a 335d and I live here in NVA US. This car kicks a%^. Way to go Patent number 608845. This is what 124 years of combustible energy know how can do. I pass every car on the street or higway with ease but only fill my fuel tank twice a month. Enough said.

  7. linda says:

    after my experience with my 535xi, I would not buy any product from BMW again, they can’t get it right and don’t stand behind their products.

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