During a recent conference held in Munich, BMW said that it plans its first major diesel push in the U.S. with a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine with variable twin-turbo technology. However, BMW still remains hesitant on what models to offer and whether or not consumers are going to rush out and by a car with a $2,000-$3,000 markup.
BMW first made the announcement for its diesel push in the U.S. in 2006 where we heard rumors of a 535d making it to our roads by the summer of 2009. At the conference BMW offered the popular 335d for testing to the press, as well as a 535d and a 635d coupe.
Now if you remember, BMW just recently launched these models with the 335d being the latest. The BMW 335d produces a total of 286 horsepower with 427 lb-ft of torque while achieving a combined fuel-economy of 35mpg. Now if you compare that to the current gasoline 335i on U.S. roads, it’s a 15mpg difference.
The 635d in Europe a 3.0 liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder diesel engine that produces 282 horsepower giving it the ability to do 0-62 in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The BMW 635d gets a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg.
In Europe BMW also offers a BMW 123d which is powered by a 201 horsepower engine with a combined fuel-economy of 54.3 mpg.
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