• Apr 22, 2008
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The BMW X5 xDrive35d and 335d, both revealed live at the Detroit Auto Show, will be coming to the States in mid-October according to the latest rumor. The common engine will be BMW's dual turbocharged 3.0L inline-six diesel, good for 265 hp and 425 pound-feet of torque. According to BMW, these two vehicles will be among the most fuel-efficient and best performing in their respective classes. In addition, with their urea injection system and particulate filters, they should be among the cleanest too.

We called our contacts within BMW to confirm or deny the rumor, and as expected, our sources could only reiterate BMW's previous official statements that the cars would be "out by fall."


[Source: BMW Blog]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, unfortunately with the new emission laws, diesels are now saddled with expensive, power robbing (and thus mileage reducing) cat converters. So its no longer 30+ percent better mileage, it is more like 20 percent on good diesels. The Accord diesel will likely get 32 mpg, where it could get 38-42 mpg with less cat systems. I hope that urea injection can someday replace precious metal cats and bring up fuel mileage again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want a 635d.. the PERFECT GT car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, you're completely mistaken.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It will be a dud.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh boy! Just in time for $5 gal diesel!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it interesting that so many people are more concerned with the cost of the fuel rather than the satisfaction of the drive. Don't dismiss the effect torque -- and lots of it -- can have on your life.
      It's the same thing I told my ex about why I bought a BMW -- because I wanted the driving experience it provides. I wasn't worried that I could get better gas mileage or a bit more trunk space in some other car.
      Not only do I think the diesel Bimmers will be successful, I think most of the new diesels coming out will be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think people buy Camrys and Accords because they can't see the benefit of the "drive." I think people buy Camrys and Accords because they're practical, relatively inexpensive, have high resale value, and in most cases, last a long time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gooch,
        lets start with a positive: i like your name.. lol
        lets all hope that they redistribute the percentages of diesels pumped out by our refineries, otherwise, the price is going to be too high for diesel fuel and people won't see the benefit simply bc they'll be scared of the pump.

        with the current scheme where only 10% off all oil is refined into diesel and the cost of it soars over premium, people (even us) will never benefit financially from diesel unless we own the car for about a decade. fuzzy math is in there. im just making a generalization im sure most will agree.

        also, most americans cannot see the benefit of "the drive" (hell neither could europeans who mostly drive those little crap cars aside from the occasional alfa or focus we claim to want) bc they dont know any better. that's why camrys and accords top sales.

        ive had a craving for a diesel 3 series ever since i saw the top gear where they did the 24 hour endurance race. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey dea911. I didn't know a "state" could be a redneck, selfish or stupid? I know using generalizations saves you valuable thinking time but it doesn't exactly make you out to be a mental giant when you paint with such a broad brush.
      • 6 Years Ago
      According the Wordcarfans, fuel economy is 23/33 mpg for the 335d and 19/25 mpg for the X5 35d. Is that really that great?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Compared to the A4/A5 diesel, nope, then again with the horrid fuel economy figures and mere existence of the x6, I'm not surprised.

        I'll be grabbing the A5 TDI when it hits state side, 40mpg NA on the highway with quattro? hell yes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        22/33 for the 335d?

        I think thats estimate is on the safe side. I wouldnt doubt it if the vehicle achieves 25 city/35 hwy.

        But....even at only 22/33 thats a 7 mpg city/8 mpg hwy improvement. thats just shy of a 30% improvement in the city and just above a 30% increase in the hwy. that is pretty good if you ask me
      • 6 Years Ago
      Timing may not be on the side of diesels in the US right now. In southeast Wisconsin, diesel is selling for $4.39 to $4.69 per gallon, while unleaded regular is $3.59 to $3.69. That's at minimum a 17% difference, yet MPG improvement is only in the 10-15%. Add in the premium for buying diesel over gas and the payback is simply not there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The great thing about Diesel is you don't HAVE to run it on petroleum. It provides the answer to the burning question: "What are YOU doing about energy independance?"

        If you have the means you can make Diesel fuel yourself, BioDiesel that is. I run a VW TDI and a Jeep CRG on fuel I make at home, and it costs well under $2 a gallon to do so.

        If DIY is not your thing, you can buy BioDiesel from a pump, or join/create a coop who brews their own. You can contribute cash, wrench work, chemicals, waste oil, whatever.

        You could convert the car to run on waste or straight veggie oil. I would not suggest doing so with a NEW car, but the option is there.

        Options, fuel options are a primary attraction of Diesel cars. You don't have that with gasoline (and please don't answer with ethanol, because that is not really a viable option.)


        • 6 Years Ago
        Diesels typically do 25 to 40% better than their gasoline counterparts. They tend to get closer (or even exceed) EPA estimates than gas engines do. Take the 99-05 VW Golf as an example of the difference. Still, you have a point. The higher diesel fuel cost per gallon definitely cuts into the savings.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry Chuck, but if you try to run a new BMW diesel on a grease that you cook up in the backyard, you'll paying your dealership service department huge dollars to fix the engine.

        You can't run grease through the modern, high-pressure diesels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In California, they think is all about them, dont mind him. Funny how bees are drying up there, but every spring in the northeast, they spawn like crazy. Damn californians need to stop spawning more kids, your out of room on the left coast and oblivious to it. Diesel is a bad time for many, many states and I for one, would like to see the environmental impact from these tested before its too late. If it gets popular, I fear it will be heavily taxed as well hurting everyone since big rigs deliver all the crap people need to max out their credit cards. Diesel, lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        DJ, you are spot on correct. Where were these cars when it made sense to buy a diesel?? I have been a diesel fan since childhood, I have six of them I used in my business and for personal but I don't want another one with these fuel prices!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @chuck goolsbee
        Good argument, but I doubt anyone driving a diesel BMW will know what a wrench looks like or ever held one before. Cash is a different story.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Timing may not be right?"

        You kidding??? The timing is better than ever if you ask me. Here in California diesel is only about .20/gallon more than premium. The gasoline 335i returns about 17mpg city/25 mpg hwy. I dont know how much the diesel version wll achieve but I can guarantee it will be worth the extra dough to spend on the diesel.

        Not to mention loads of torque! That would be a blast .
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see these doing well here. People who buy BMWs in this price range are not too concerned about milage (which is good because these things are a maginal improvement over gas), but they do care about handling and the way the thing sounds, and I'm sorry but the gas version wins hands down in those categories. The only reason diesels sell in Europe is the tax breaks both on the car and the fuel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully the allure of diesels will increase with the re-introduction of diesels by the 3 German luxury brands here in the U.S. VW and Honda seem poised to bring diesels to the masses with their own engines that already exist in other markets. Right now too many of the manufacturers are taking a "wait and see" approach, waiting to see how other brands fair before committing to marketing diesels in the U.S.
      Oh, for those stating that Europe embraces diesel fuel because of its lower cost should look at the facts. It is a very recent (2007) phenomenom that individual private consumer purchases of diesel cars outstripped petrol purchases. I have read this on several different legitimate web sites, so trust I have repeated the truth.
      One other thing, the diesels carry a premium over benzine models sold in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMWs are the craziest cars I have ever known


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