• Jan 13, 2008
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BMW officially took the wraps off its first US market diesels since the mid-1980s today at the Detroit Auto Show. The 335d and exceedingly awkwardly named X5 xDrive35d are getting BMW's dual turbocharged 3.0L inline six diesel starting this fall. The 265-hp, 425-lb.ft. torque monster will make these vehicles among the most fuel-efficient and best performing vehicles in their class. They will also be among the cleanest being 50 state legal with particulate filters and a urea injection system that BMW is calling BluePerformance. So far no word on pricing, but based on the 535d that AutoblogGreen drove recently, this should be a killer combination at any price.

[Source: BMW]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is what happens when BMW denotes an engine that is 3.0 litres as a 35 just because it has 2 turbos... and has to but an X and D in the name...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The EU rates the diesel X5 at 23 mpg [US] urban and 34 mpg [US] combined cycle. This numbers are good approximations to a 2008 EPA rating of 23 city/34 highway.

      Hell, 34 mpg highway matches a Camry Hybrid. Diesel makes a hybrid look pretty stupid...

      BMW, thanks for helping lead the North American diesel invasion!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If these are 50-state legal with the current CARB restrictions, I don't see why the EPA is making such a fuss over automakers having to meet tougher restrictions than the federal level. Diesels have always been tough to get Cali-spec, but this proves that either it's not that hard or there is new technology now which allows them to do so. I say let California and the 16 other states which use our emissions standards (and account for half the US population) decide what they want!

      Commence flaming :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because the auto industry and EPA want to be in total control.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with you, but you're forgetting that CARB standards are going to be a little more strict in just a few years, so the diesels will again be ineligible to be sold in CA and other states.

        I don't see how the EPA can say that CA cannot allow stricter rules that what the EPA allows (state laws in general commonly do this), but CA should start finding a way to allow diesels to be sold.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "clean" Diesels like this one fall into the highest bin of emissions under CARB (and just barely). They can make a few of them, but fleet average requirements mean that they can't become their mainline vehicles.

        As to BMW's promise that they'll be 50-state legal next year, well, that's what Mercedes said last year. When this year rolled around we found out BlueTec didn't meet CARB emissions after all and the vehicles couldn't be offered for sale, only a 3-year lease with a promise that the vehicles will be sent out of CARB regions after the time is up (although by then perhaps there will be a way to fix them to make CARB emissions).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Any numbers?