BMW 7 Series Diesel Coming Stateside

BMW has announced the BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will be the first diesel-powered 7 series coming stateside.

This model will feature BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body and will include xDrive, BMW’s all-wheel drive system.

BMW said the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $83,425, including $925 destination and handling. The luxury car will make its U.S. debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014 and arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2014.

BMW explained the 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. It is combined to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

According to the German company, the 740Ld xDrive will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. BMW said EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available, however, other models equipped with this engine have seen a 25 to 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over their direct gasoline-powered counterparts. Features like Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop are expected to help the driver to reduce fuel consumption in real-world driving situations.

BMW added the engine uses the latest generation of electronically controlled high-precision diesel injection system, playing a significant role in the reduction of fuel consumption as well as exhaust emissions. The normal operating pressures reach as high as 1800 bar (26,107 PSI) and the fuel injectors can deliver multiple injections over extremely short durations of time, helping to reduce exhaust emissions.

The exhaust gas treatment system is specifically designed to comply with ULEV II emission standards, according to BMW. It uses a combination of a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system with no fewer than nine specific sensors to keep exhaust emissions to a minimum.

The engine’s all-aluminum crankcase and hollow camshafts save weight and also contribute to noise and vibration reduction. Additionally, the timing chain is placed at the flywheel end and not toward the front of the engine. BMW said this further reduces rotational vibrations.

With the addition of this 740Ld xDrive sedan, BMW diesel U.S. lineup now includes the following models:

  • 328d and 328d xDrive Sedans
  • 328d xDrive Sports Wagon
  • 535d and 535d xDrive Sedans
  • X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle