Diesel redux: 2018 BMW 540d sedan licensed for US sale (however will it matter?)


BMW has introduced it’ll resurrect the diesel 5 Sequence sport
sedan, within the type of a 540d mannequin, one 12 months after the
introduction of a totally up to date 5 Sequence.

The corporate says the diesel version will checklist for $62,995,
together with vacation spot, as soon as it arrives at dealerships in

In keeping with the Environmental Safety Company, the brand new
government sedan is rated for 26 mpg metropolis, 36 freeway, 30
mixed in all-wheel-drive kind—the one driveline accessible.

2018, solely 12 diesel automobiles supplied in U.S. (guess who has

These numbers may appear a bit low to those that’ve been
eyeballing BMW’s plug-in hybrid 5 Sequence:
the 530e.

That is available in two variations, one with xDrive all-wheel
drive, rated at 28 mpg mixed when working as a hybrid, and
67 MPGe when working electrically for its 15 miles of

The rear-wheel-drive BMW 530e is barely higher, at 29
mpg, 72 MPGe, and 29 mpg mixed. It is also cheaper than the
diesel, too, by greater than $7,000.

Nonetheless, for street warriors who rack up copious miles on
freeway drives, the 540d could also be a better option.

Beneath mild load at freeway speeds, trendy diesels typically
return higher fuel-economy numbers than their EPA

Whereas specs for the 540d aren’t at the moment accessible, its
three.Zero-liter I-6 turbodiesel is anticipated to supply related
efficiency to the 530d offered in European markets.

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Abroad, the 530d develops 265 horsepower and 457 lb-ft
of torque. It sends that energy to its 4 wheels by way of an
eight-speed computerized transmission.

The newest addition to BMW’s American lineup is its third
diesel mannequin for 2018, augmenting the smaller 328d
(supplied in rear- and all-wheel-drive sedan and all-wheel-drive
wagon flavors) and the X5 xDrive 35d SUV.

The 540d will compete with the Jaguar XF diesel, although not
straight: The British sedan is powered by a a lot smaller however
far more environment friendly 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder diesel.

Jaguar-Land Rover additionally makes use of that engine in its Jaguar XE sedan,
Jaguar F-Tempo crossover utility, and Land Rover Velar fashions.

In whole, automakers will promote diesels below 15 separate
nameplates in 2018.

Presently, it is Common Motors that provides probably the most diesel
fashions with 5 separate nameplates: Chevy
Cruze, Chevy Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevy
Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

Whereas diesel engines are anticipated to stay a
vital a part of the combo for pickup vehicles and maybe a
smaller proportion of crossover utility automobiles, the Volkswagen
diesel emission scandal has rendered their destiny in
passenger automobiles unclear.


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