The Spartanburg plant has put a temporary hold on the BMW X5 xDrive35d production for the American market. The U.S. plant is building the BMW X5 xDrive35d for all the global markets and it has been the only diesel-powered model sold in the United States. The hold only applies to the models sold in the US.
American customers who have ordered a BMW X5 xDrive35d should expect a delayed delivery – as reported by U.S. dealers.
BMW has yet to communicate the reason for the delay and it’s unclear if it’s related to the VW dieselgate, or just a short-term consequence of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency new tests for the annually renewable homologation.
The X5 xDrive35d uses the N57 diesel turbocharged plant – a 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder which produces 255 hp at 4000 rpm. Peak torque is available from 1500-3000 rpm and it’s paired with an eight speed automatic transmission, up from the six speed auto in last generation’s X5 diesel. The new X5 diesel cranks out an improved EPA rating of 24 MPG city, 31 MPG Hwy.
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The 3.0-liter diesel has won the prestigious International Engine of the Year Award multiple times, thanks to its Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance. The X5 xDrive35d optimizes emission management through the placement of an oxidation catalyst just downstream of the exhaust manifold, a diesel particulates filter housed in the same unit and an SCR catalyst with the urea injection. The solution helps the engine to reduce emissions from diesel.
Sta tuned as we’ve reached out to BMW for an official statement.