After almost 40 years on the market, there are probably few things the BMW 7 Series hasn't offered, but when it comes to the US market, one of those things just happens to be a diesel engine. That is all about to change, however, as BMW announced that it will unveil the 2014 740Ld xDrive at the Chicago Auto Show before sales commence later in the spring.

Offered only on long-wheelbase models with standard all-wheel drive, the new diesel 7 is powered by BMW's 3.0-liter inline-six producing 255 horsepower and a stout 413 pound-feet of torque peaking between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. While BMW has yet to release any type of fuel economy figures, it did say that its diesel technology is usually good for an improvement of 25 to 30 percent over the gas models – just for fun, that means that the 740 Ld xDrive could get as much as 24.7 miles per gallon in the city and 36.4 mpg on the highway, but that's just doing the math and there is nothing official behind those numbers. Acceleration will take a little longer than in the 740Li xDrive (shown above) with BMW stating 6.1 seconds from 0-60 compared to 5.4 seconds for the gas model.

Another small increase over the gas version will be in price, with the 740Ld xDrive getting a starting MSRP of $82,500 (*not including $925 for destination), which is just a $1,500 bump over the 740Li xDrive. For comparison, the Audi A8L TDI starts at $78,800, while the previous-gen Mercedes S350 Bluetec was priced at $93,000. Scroll down for more info on the new diesel-powered 7 Series, and stay tuned to our live coverage from Chicago in a couple weeks as we'll have live images and hopefully more info.
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The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive

The first BMW Advanced Diesel 7 Series in the US.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 24, 2014 . . . BMW announcedtoday that the BMW
7 Series would become the latest model line to benefit from BMW Advanced Diesel technology in the US in the form of the BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan. The new model will feature BMW's 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body and will include xDrive, BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system. The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $83,425, including $925 destination and handling. It will make its US auto show debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014 and arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2014.

BMW Advanced Diesel now available for BMW's flagship sedan
The 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW 740Ld xDrive will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. US EPA fuel economy estimates are not yet available, however, other models equipped with this engine have seen a 25 – 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over their direct gasoline-powered counterparts. Standard features like Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop will help the driver to reduce fuel consumption in real-world driving situations.
Through the latest in advanced diesel technologies and the use of weight-saving aluminum block and head designs, BMW's Advanced Diesel powerplants represent a key component of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions while providing exceptional BMW driving dynamics.
The 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine features a single turbocharger with variable vane turbine technology. This design helps improve low-end torque while facilitating precise control of the boost pressure and eliminates the need for a wastegate.
The engine uses the latest generation of electronically controlled high-precision diesel injection system. The system plays a significant role in the reduction of fuel consumption as well as exhaust emissions. The normal operating pressures reach as high as 1800 bar (26,107 PSI) and the fuel injectors can deliver multiple injections over extremely short durations of time, helping to reduce exhaust emissions.
The exhaust gas treatment system is specifically designed to comply with ULEV II emission standards. It uses a combination of a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system with no fewer than nine specific sensors working in concert to keep exhaust emissions to an absolute minimum.
The all-aluminum crankcase and hollow camshafts not only save weight, they also contribute to noise and vibration reduction. Additionally, the timing chain is placed at the flywheel end and not toward the front of the engine which further reduces rotational vibrations.

BMW Advanced Diesel models in the US
The 740Ld xDrive Sedan joins a growing list of BMW Advanced Diesel models offered in the US which now includes:
328d and 328d xDrive Sedans
328d xDrive Sports Wagon
535d and 535d xDrive Sedans
X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle

The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will make its US auto show debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014 and arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2014.


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      friscobrah
      • 10 Months Ago
      or wait 2 years and these things will be on dealer lots for $40k bmw certified with an extended warranty
      Olivier
      • 11 Months Ago
      There seems to be a mistake; the power and torque figures quoted here match almost exactly that of the 3.0d (from 530d, and 330d) sold here in Europe. The 4.0d offered on the X5, the 540d etc. here in Europe offers nearly 380 bhp; up c. 130bhp on what is described here. Is this a mistake? or are they selling what the Europeans consider to be the 3.0d as the 4.0d in America?
        Nick
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Olivier
        they are calling it a 740d to avoid compromise of the perception of power / value / etc. BMW and Mercedes have been playing these games for engine / model designations in the U.S. for years the 4.0d in europe is most certainly a higher-spec engine that is not effered here in the United States (yet).
        audisp0rta4
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Olivier
        Yep. We're gettin played.
        tranceracindude
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Olivier
        audisp0rta4: Yep, we are gettin played. I already posted a comment, but BMW has already done this trickery with the 328d and 535d that they sent over for 2014. The 328d is really a 320d in europe and the 535d is really a 530d. I feel like if BMW was going to charge more money for the "328d" than the gas 328i, then they should have at least brought over the 325d and badged it as a 328d. Not a huge difference in fuel economy from 320d to 325d, but the power increase is more in line with the US market expectations. Would have been roughly 215 hp and 330 ft-lbs torque and a little closer to the 328i performance. A true 740d would have been more like 310 hp and 460 ft-lbs torque -- a lot better for that weight of a car than 255 hp/413 tq.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      For the price of a Tesla electric car with a 300 mile range and lower fueling costs, you can have your very own, slightly slower, louder, higher maintenance, and more expensive car to maintain and operate ;)
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yes, i should 'go somewhere else' because i can easily identify one car being a better value and a better driving experience than the other. You should go to autoblogmediocre.com ..
          Spec
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Oh snap!
        Basil Exposition
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        You are on the wrong site. Head on over to AutoblogGreen.com
          Spec
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          He is on Autoblog green. It is cross-posted.
        in2dwww
        • 11 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        "For the price" but certainly not for the 35% residual the Tesla will bring in 48 months. Hence, the BMW brought the diesel 7 to compete with the Audi A8 TDI. Tesla isn't the future, it's just a filler between now and hydrogen.
          axiomatik
          • 10 Months Ago
          @in2dwww
          You apparently don't know what 4 year old luxury cars go for. Take a look at 4-yr old 7-series, A8s, S-Classes. Values drop like a rock.
        PTC DAWG
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I don't seem them being comparable myself.
      Koenigsegg
      • 11 Months Ago
      waste of money
      bonehead
      • 11 Months Ago
      7 series were once beautiful head turning cars with a powerful looking stance. They now look like generic cars modeled for videogames without the car license. I dont find them the least bit head turning or desirable.
        neilyadig
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        I agree, there's nothing like the E38 2000's era 7 Series sitting on M-Parallels. Oh well... http://bimmerin.net/pics/e38/bmw-e38.jpg
          bonehead
          • 11 Months Ago
          @neilyadig
          yes that is the exact one i was thinking of. And then to think what they did to its offspring! Damn you Chris Bangle!!!!
          Bavarian818
          • 11 Months Ago
          @neilyadig
          Yeah this is still the sweetest 7 series. Do you remember the scene in "Tomorrow Never Dies" where bond drove the hell out of the 7 Series with a remote control in the back seat? EPIC!!
          skierpage
          • 11 Months Ago
          @neilyadig
          At least Bangle designed dramatic cars, some hits (5 series headlights!) and many misses. He left BMW in 2009 and their mainstream cars have gone nowhere since. All Adrian van Hooydonk's creativity is going into the i-brand concept cars.
        Actionable Mango
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        No kidding. Hide the roundels and kidney grills, and I have no idea who makes this car.
        CoffeeJones
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        Nah they're pretty neat in person. If just for their size.
          Eggmania
          • 11 Months Ago
          @CoffeeJones
          ^^ this. theres nothing on it that photos well. but when you see it in person and can walk around it. its a very impressive car. but the new LS is going to blow its socks off.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Months Ago
        @bonehead
        That's okay, because a Model S is a better value, is faster, cheaper and also a sharper looking car. Go for that instead.. ;) BMW's since the late 2000's are definitely NOT good looking cars. Even Hyundai and Mazda look better.
          bonehead
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          No one who owns a 7 series EVER drives more than about 200 miles. If they need to go that far they will fly instead. They are rolling in it, so why would they waste their time driving. So the tesla range is a complete non issue. Even more so with the super charagers around the country
          Andrew Pappas
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Carefully avoiding range I see
      moo
      • 11 Months Ago
      It looks like a Buick. GM can make the same car now for 28k and just as good
      Bernard
      • 11 Months Ago
      For $82k I'll take an Escalade and use the $10k left over for gas and vacations...
      danfred311
      • 11 Months Ago
      So green. Like Dick Cheney and Enron rolled into one.
      Marco Polo
      • 11 Months Ago
      These large powerful semi-limousines are not designed to be fuel efficient, but supremely luxurious. Often these vehicles are very heavy from being equipped with some form of armour, or at least security protection for the passengers. To all those ardent Tesla fans, I've managed to replace a previous BMW 7 series corporate vehicle, with a Tesla P85+, in the hopes of projecting a more 'environmental' image for clients. ( especially those managing 'ethical funds'). The Tesla also qualifies for exemption for the London Congestion Charge. I will be interested to see Tesla's upcoming limo version. None of the owners of this class of vehicle, is concerned with fuel usage, etc. These cars are what they, are, big and very comfortable. The interior of the Tesla is pretty spartan, and less comfortable, in comparison especially for (what essential in this sort of car) back seat passengers. The only car in this class that makes any real compromise to serving the twin needs of of luxury and EV technology is the Lexus LS 600h L . ( IMHO, the best of the lot ) .
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I'm sure you don't mind the thunderous brick-wall acceleration, happy gadgets on the dashboard and cheap refueling cost? Cmon Marco. I've been in the P85+ and had the foot to the floor. I guarantee you can find something nice to say about the car.
          Marcopolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          @ 2 wheeled menace Nope, you just don't listen ! The Tesla model S, is a fantastic achievement. IMO, Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, is the most outstanding business/industrialist of his generation. The Tesla model S is the first EV, that for a large significant number of people, ( especially with the US supercharger network ) can replace an ICE vehicle. For a relatively new manufacturer, model S styling, build quality and technology, is an almost unbelievable achievement. I must think its pretty good, or I wouldn't have spent so much effort getting one ! Most importantly, it's an important step in reducing environmental pollution. Does it still have limitations ? Of course, but so does every vehicle. That's why different vehicles exist. But, except as a image vehicle, it's just not a limousine ! What's so hard to understand ? It doesn't have enough rear head, or leg, room, the interior isn't that luxurious, it's a car meant to be driven by it's owner ! Next thing, there'll be an article on a PHEV tractor, and you'll say, " not as good as a b****y Tesla !
          2 wheeled menace
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Sigh..l he just can't do it. Well, i tried.
          Marco Polo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          @ 2 wheeled menace I don't believe I've ever posted anything inaccurate or negative about the Model S. On the contrary, I've, written a great many posts praising both Tesla, and the model S. But, like many others, I get a little tired of every vehicle from skateboards to semi-trailers inappropriately compared with Tesla, by over the top Tesla fans. Despite what you see on the movies, the trip from an Airport to a city hotel, or from one city building to another, seldom calls for "hunderous brick-wall acceleration", and whether the chauffeur enjoys the " happy gadgets on the dashboard " , isn't usually a consideration. But, brand recognition, comfort and luxury are major considerations. The Tesla can't really compete in this sector, as heavy luxury seating, etc, takes up room and creates weight. As ESD's improve, I have no doubt that Tesla will become very competitive in this, very lucrative, market sector.
          RGT881
          • 11 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Plus Elon Musk just made a cameo appearance in Machete Kills!
        skierpage
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Marco Polo
        "None of the owners of this class of vehicle, is concerned with fuel usage, etc." Evidently and obviously untrue. Drop your pompous belief that you speak for all wealthy people.
          Marcopolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @skierpage
          @ skierpage Neither pompous, or untrue. I think you've read into my comment, an assertion it didn't contain. I was referring to the owners of these cars, not "wealthy people'' in general. That doesn't make me a "spokesman for all wealthy people", but an observer, (backed by extensive research ) into the purchasing motives of owners of these particular cars. Obviously, there are other affluent owners, (including Prince Albert of Monaco) who do care, or Tesla, Lexus hybrids, LERR, and all luxury models employing EV technology wouldn't exist.
          Envirocar
          • 11 Months Ago
          @skierpage
          Damn, no edit ! "Obviously, there are other affluent owners... " , should read, " Obviously, there are affluent car owners " ......
          Envirocar
          • 11 Months Ago
          @skierpage
          @ Envirocar, I'm not sure whether you are being kind, and presume I would have wished to edit my post, or you're another member of the 'grammar police'. However, if it reads better that way, good for you !
      xspeedy
      • 11 Months Ago
      I guess money doesn't buy good looks in BMW land thes days.
      knightrider_6
      • 10 Months Ago
      ....because after you spend $100K for a bloated barge, you need to save money on fuel.
        tranceracindude
        • 10 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Exactly! This car is such a small, niche market in the US. They should be bringing over the real 740Ld with roughly 310 hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque. The fuel economy is not that much difference from the 255 hp/413 tq that we're going to get, and it would at least appeal better to the American market.
      tbird57w
      • 11 Months Ago
      yep, just what the 7 series needs to boost image and sales-ugh!
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