• May 13th 2010 at 10:29AM
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The new 2011 BMW 5 Series hasn't even gone on sale yet here in North America but there are now reports that BMW might add a diesel engine option. According to Inside Line, BMW will add diesel engine options to two more models in addition to the X5 xDrive35d and 335d already sold here with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six diesel.

The 3.0-liter with 265 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque would be ideally suited to the new 5 Series and has already been calibrated to pass U.S. 50 state emissions regulations. We drove a previous generation European specification 535d two years ago, which was quite the stormer while also being extremely fuel efficient. A 535d would also go a long way towards helping BMW meet new CAFE regulations here in the U.S.

The second diesel addition could be one of several models. Diesel versions of the 7 Series and X6 both seem unlikely since BMW is already offering hybrid versions of both. The more likely scenario is the installation of the company's 2.0-liter inline four- cylinder diesel in either the 1 or 3 Series. In twin-turbocharged form, this engine produces 204 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, plenty for either car with a combined fuel economy in the 35-40 mpg range.

Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive the previous gen 530d. It's a fabulous car, amazing acceleration, very fast and first rate fuel efficiency.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2.0 tt in the 1er would be sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see a diesel in the 5 series here! My dad owns a Mercedes e320 cdi and it is amazing. Here in Washington State I usually see diesel around the same cost as regular (sometimes lower). I realize there is a premium on the car because it is a diesel, so it is really only worth it if you drive more than the average American does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gas only for me,no oil burner will ever sit in my driveway...........I like performance and the diesel isnt that by a long shot.I dont care about MPGs AT ALL and Im not a huge fan of BMW,Im more of a benz person,an audi person and a vw person.....back when I was a teen I only drove porsches but we all grow up I guess.....but Ill pass on the diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why not the LS2LS7:

      Torque and Power are _exactly_ the same thing. I'm sick of hearing this discussion. I'd hate to come out rude, smacking you with a cluebat, but here goes.
      Torque and Power are exactly the same because they are both measured in energy. Ever wondered why all power/torque lines in a graph cross eachother at exactly the same point? (approx ~5200 rpm for you ft/lb's:ers and and just below 3000 rpm for you NM:ers). Power-curves tell you how much energy a engine is producing per time unit. Torque curves tell you how much energy a engine is producing at a certain revolutions / minute. And since RPM is tied to time, this also tells you how much power the engine is producing per time unit. In fact, you only measure 1 of the parameters at a dyno bench, and that is Power. By rules of physics, you can chart your torque curve as well. (and vice versa). A diesel engine produces _power_ at low rpm, ie high torque at low rpms, ie, it is ideal for pulling stuff with. A gasoline engine produces power at high rpms. So in fact, the gas guzzling v8 (say 500bhp?) would out-accelerate a truck diesel engine (say 400bhp) if you only could keep the v8 at top power rpm all the time (variomatic gearbox?). Since that is not feasible, all modern "pulling" engines are more or less diesels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should offer Diesels in their SUV's like the X5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they offer an xDrive 535d. I actually considered buying a 335d, but the lack of AWD was what turned me away (and I didn't want an X5). Same with the Mercedes E320/E350 diesel, no AWD means no sale for me.

      What a lot of people fail to realize is Diesel actually makes quite a bit of sense when it comes to German luxury cars. This is because they typically require premium gasoline, which is typically more expensive than diesel. Combine that with diesels greater efficiency and it won't be long before you start saving money vs. the gasoline equivalent. Especially if you are like me and put a lot of miles on each year with highway driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW sells 3 and 5-series diesels in Canada. The buff magazines praise their performance, but the public doesn't seem to be buying them in great numbers. They're actually a little cheaper than the equivalent gas version, but a lot of standard equipment in the latter are options in the diesel making them more expensive.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The only one we get is the 335d, which is $50,000 cdn. They get the same car in the USA for $44,000.

        They need to offer us 4 cylinder diesels... Right now my only choice is a VW Golf.. and i'm probably going to end up with one this year because there's no other choices :/
      • 5 Years Ago
      It a good engine, but it's difficult to make a case for it other than as a CAFE "fixer". The 5 series is expensive enough that reducing your yearly fuel costs from $2400 to $1700 (using the 335i to 335d savings as an example) just isn't a huge issue. IMHO, this engine won't take off in the US unless gas gets a lot more expensive. BMW would be wise to offer an even more fuel efficient engine choice so they can at least pick up people who are making a concerted effort to be (or at least appear) green.
      • 5 Years Ago
      good luck with that
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why, oh, Why did they take photos of the car in front of that EYESORE WALL? What the hell were they thinking (or drinking)? The Exec's at BMW should have the photographer SHOT!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's good I prefer the diesel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW sold us a 2.5L I6 184 HP 5-Series for quite a while. If priced right, this call will sell like hotcakes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Screw the BMW , want a great car buy the Land Rover LR4 with the Jaguar 5.0 much better value and car. It will blow your mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a 5-series. Instead of tweaking it's engines I wish they spend more energy on the details on the inside of the car. Like....cup holders! They suck. Use them for anything larger than a styrafoam cup and they break. Replace them and it costs $75. I live an hour from "anyplace" and 3 hours from a larger city. Of course I'm going to use them for something larger than a styrafoam cup! And would it kill you to add more padding to your seats? *ugh* So after 2 years, I traded off my 5-series and bought a "made in the USA" Cadillac SRX. Now THAT'S a nice vehicle. BMW....I miss your "attitude" and miss my 5-series a little...fire Chris Bangle your designer and I may be back. ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Diesels and hybrids aren't going to be a sales force until pricing becomes more in check. The 335d has a higher starting prices than the 335i and the diesel version doesn't qualify for the $2,500 incentives currently available. Add to it that the price of diesel is still as higher or higher than premium in many markets and the savings just doesn't add up.

      From an oil conservation and/or carbon footprint standpoint, it can be a good purchase.
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