BMW might bring two new diesel versions to the US, one for 2011 5 Series
European carmakers are quite reluctant to bring diesel engines in their models set to be sold in the USA, partly because Americans have some kind of hate towards the more frugal oil burners.
BMW wants to change that, and is already offering two diesel options, one for the X5 in form of the xDrive35d version and one for the 3 Series, in the 335d. According to a new report, though, it seems the Bavarian company wants to further increase the count of diesel models and add two other units to the range.
The first might be a diesel 2011 5 Series, more specifically a 535d version, using the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six as found on the other diesel versions. This option would drastically lower the fuel average of the new 5 Series and help BMW meet new fuel regulations.
The second option isn’t so clear though. InsideLine speculates that besides the six-cylinder diesel powerplant Americans have gotten used to, a smaller, four-cylinder unit might be making its way over the Atlantic, either in a 3 Series (320d) or 1 Series (120d). The 2.0-liter inline-four currently produces 204 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque in European models with an average of around 35 to 40 mpg (EU), so that might be more than enough for some customers.
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