A BMW dealer in the Netherlands has leaked what it says is a tasty bit of information on the upcoming diesel 5 Series. According to 5post.com, the vehicle will boast a tri-turbo inline six-cylinder oil burner good for around 381 horsepower. That number is a far cry from the 500-pony speculation that had been making the rounds until recently, but that doesn't mean that the big 5 Series will be any slouch on the road. The dealer also let slip that the vehicle will arrive packing 516 pound-feet of torque, which should be more than enough for the big sedan's all-wheel drive system to rip up massive handfuls of asphalt to throw at lesser machinery.

Speaking of all-wheel drive, word has it that the 550d will only be available with all four corners turning, at least initially. Production is set to kick off in March of next year, and true to form, there's no telling whether or not the big, powerful diesel will be available to U.S. buyers. There's also some indication that this potent engine will show up in hardware like the next-generation BMW X5 and X6, though there are no fuel economy estimates to be had at this time. Presumably, a Touring variant like the one shown above will be on offer overseas, as well, making it this Bimmer a covet-worthy alternative to a premium crossover.


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      the wheelerZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow do I ever wish we could buy this here!
      Corey
      • 3 Years Ago
      516 lb. ft, AWD, in a WAGON - where do i sign?!?!?!?
      Michael Hagerty
      • 3 Years Ago
      This needs to be in US dealerships. It's a game-changer that could get people out of luxury SUVs and crossovers and provide a much-needed halo for diesel in this country.
        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Hagerty
        And nobody will buy it due to the lack of diesels in gas stations. Autoblog fanboys = all talk and no action when it comes to buying cars.
          atc98092
          • 3 Years Ago
          @over9000
          Not sure where you look for diesel, but I can find 5-6 stations within 5 miles of my home (near Seattle/Tacoma), and dozens on or near my usual travels. Any long distance trips will have plenty of diesel stations along the interstates.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @over9000
          Ten years ago it was an issue. Now, just about every gas station I go to sells diesel. Diesels have come a long way, in terms of popularity, in the US.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Hagerty
        Maybe as an M. But really, I think people in the US will just skip over it like they do every other diesel that's for sale here.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          I honestly am thinking about one for the wife. She had diesels over in Europe and if this thing can realistically average 30-35mpg then I would give serious consideration to it. There is no other luxury car that can get over 30mpg besides the Infiniti Hybrid which may be the same price point as this? I have no idea what the pricing will be - but looking forward to seeing it. Hopefully it won't start over $61000!
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like ridiculous fun. Wont be M5 fast, but neither will it be M5 expensive and M5 thirsty. I imagine it performing significantly better than the more powerful but less torquey V8 550i, and with AWD it would be unstoppable especially here in Canada. Here's to an Autoblog favourite: diesel, AWD wagon with a 6 manual. Ultimate 5 series sleeper, especially if it can nudge high 30's mpg. As long as BMW doesnt stuff it to the explodibg point with gizmos making it weigh 5000lb, it would be perfect.
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Krishan Mistry
        >>diesel, AWD wagon with a 6 manual. Agreed. High torque, good power, great fuel efficiency, high degree of practicality, puts power to all four wheels, has good looks (subjective) and fun to drive.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Presently, if you want something diesel and AWD/4x4 you're stuck buying an SUV or pickup. Nice to see some other options potentially coming stateside.
      kopter28
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope this will be available in the US/Canada! If not the diesel engine at least the wagon version, I need to replace my A6 Avant soon.
      DooMMasteR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have driven VAGs 4.2L V8 TDI for the last 6 Month in a 2011 Touareg and it is just awesome the engine just rockets the 2,7ton (metric) monster to 100 kph and further on, where the insanity just stops at 240kph and it runs so smooth and silent that you can totally forget you are driving a diesel you only remember it when you push the pedal and instead of shifting down 3 gears the auto just decides to change to one gear lower and the monster goes hunting with its enormous 800 Nm
      JonnyO
      • 3 Years Ago
      DX? Is BMW changing their nomenclature again? I don't think X-Drive is such a bad name but S-Drive serves no point other than to make the name unnecessarily long.
        Dam plm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JonnyO
        They arent changing anything. The D is for diesel n as u referred x-drive is for X. If this comes to the US, it will the first time for BMW offering an awd 5 series diesel (550DX). In Europe they offered diesel n awd starting with the E39. If u ever go to the EU, u will see 3,5 n 7 series with DX on them. Yea there is some things we wont get yet....
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Visnick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring us a proper wagon already! The "Gran Turismo" is an ugly joke!
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Visnick
        The X5 IS their 5 series wagon in the U.S. Americans don't buy "wagons" because they aren't cool enough, but if you jack it up three inches and call it an SUV, then it will sell. Americans are pretty dumb.
      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 3 Years Ago
      yesssssssssssss
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      516 torques... OK, you've got my attention.
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