Slowly but surely, BMW is expanding its lineup of diesel-powered models here in the United States. In addition to the 328d sedan and wagon, 535d sedan and X5 xDrive35d crossover, we now have this, the BMW 740Ld xDrive (not to mention the refreshed 2015 X3 xDrive28d that also makes its debut here in Chicago). As its name – and the photos above – suggest, this means BMW is offering diesel power in its flagship, long-wheelbase 7 Series sedan, set to directly compete with the likes of the excellent Audi A8 TDI.

Under the hood is BMW's familiar 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-six, delivering 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the road via the company's xDrive all-wheel-drive system and ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. That torque thrust is available straight away from 1,500 rpm, and BMW says the 740Ld xDrive will sprint to 60 miles per hour in a very respectable 6.1 seconds. Official fuel economy estimates haven't been released yet, but we expect the car to net highway fuel economy ratings in the mid-30 range.

The 740Ld xDrive arrives in BMW showrooms this spring, priced from $82,500, not including $925 for destination. We're pretty stoked to drive it. But in the meantime, have a look at fresh images of the big sedan live from the Chicago Auto Show, above.
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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

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Levine Levine
      • 10 Months Ago
      For $82,500 diesel why not just buy a Tesla Model S? It's faster, higher tech, more reliable, less polluting, and more cache. And for the most discriminating buyers: Model S is made in good ole USA.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Well, there's the whole electric thing. It just doesn't fit everyone's lifestyle or preference.
          • 10 Months Ago
          Drive both, and you'll se it's untrue. It's more of a status symbol than this, it handles much better, goes much faster... And if you're looking for a car that you'll be driven around in, rather than driving it yourself, you won't bel looking at the economy, and you'll be buying a brand sparkling new S class, that is much more refined. And if you really want a diesel in a luxurious german car, A8 is better in every way, it even looks better. So, this will be a flop in sales, but still better than nothing.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Model S doesn't have AWD, it feels heavier, has shorter range, lower quality plastics/materials inside and distracting big screen which controls everything (you have to take your eyes off the road, search for the part of the scree with the function you're looking for, than concentrate and touch a couple of buttons and all that while driving!).
      • 10 Months Ago
      The A8 may be a better car, but the 7 is better-looking. Usually it's the other way around: the BMW that is dynamically superior and the Audi that looks sexier.
      • 10 Months Ago
      i don't get it , the power and torque out puts are for the 730d over here not the 740d , the 740d here have 310hp and 465 lb-ft , and we get it with RWD and AWD it gets to 60 in 5.4 sec and gets just under 40 MPG
      • 10 Months Ago
      a car that large 6.1 seconds is plenty fast enough to 60 i love it.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Coming soon to a retirement community near you.
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm actually glad BMW decided to stop using x in the model designations and started using the full name of the system, because otherwise this car would be known as the 740Lxd. And I know I wouldn't be able to say that with a straight face.
      • 10 Months Ago
      255 HP? LOL. Camry has more powerful engine.
        • 10 Months Ago
        Diesel engines are about torque, not power output.
        • 10 Months Ago
        But does a Camry have 413ft lbs of torque?
      • 10 Months Ago
      It needs thicker corona rings in the headlight assembly! BMW needs to stop trying to out-Audi Audi in the lightning department.
        • 10 Months Ago
        BMW corona have been out longer that Audi LED\'s.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hey, when did they start making the old Ford Taurus' again.
      • 10 Months Ago
      Monster! :)
      • 10 Months Ago
      Diesel + AWD is great. I wish they'd do the same in some of their other, smaller offerings.
      • 10 Months Ago
      The only problem is US/NA low cetane diesel, 40 vs 50 which causes carbon buildup in the heads on the 6cyl diesel…fine as long as you're under warranty, but who wants to pay for a new head every 20-30K miles after that? It will be interesting to see how many of these are sold….335d of the 2009-2011 variety are severely price-depressed. And the current 328d (4cyl, 181hp) is underpowered, but I guess that's ok for a $50K car that gets 32mpg city….
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