During an internal client advisors training that was held in Vancouver, BMW Canada confirmed that the long-awaited BMW 335d and X5 xDrive35d will be available in November. For the past few weeks, conflicting information were being published and I promised that I would not speculate on the launch date anymore for the U.S market, but we can assume that BMWNA will most likely release the diesels in the same time.
Our dear reader J M Wong attended the training and he kindly offered to share with us his opinion on the BMW diesels, and of course, to show us some new photos of the BMW 335d.
Personally, I find the 335d to be a bit boring because after driving the 335i, it is hard to drive a less power 3 series besides the M3 of course.
If a BMW client is looking for performance in a diesel, this is it. With 265hp and 425lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm, it makes the same kind of thrust as the 335i. I drove it pretty hard right of the start and find there is a little hesitation compared to the 335i.
What impressed me the most was the pull when you hit about 1,800 rpm you don’t feel like you are driving a diesel. As for the X5 xDrive35d, there is also a lot pull at about 1,800 rpm. It has more torque than my 2007 E70 X5 4.8i.
According to J M, BMW Canada expects to sell more X5 diesels than 3 series sedans, but of course, the pricing will most likely set the sales’ course. There were many petitions and complaints over the years regarding the U.S pricing vs. the canadian ones and I look forward to see again if the gap will be smaller or the “tradition” will stay.
Our article on whether the BMW 135i price will be lowered in Canada has some of the most informative and useful comments and if you live in Canada, I stronly suggest to scan through them.
If you have any questions regarding the BMW 335d or the X5d, J M offered to answer any of them, so feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for the great photos!