Introducing The Diesel Driver’s New Long-Term Car: the 2014 BMW 535d

By Jonathan Spira on 20 December 2013
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DSC_0451MUNICH—A  BMW 535d sedan is the newest member of The Diesel Driver’s long-term fleet.  The Moonstone Metallic 535d was delivered to the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jonathan Spira, at the BMW Welt here early Friday morning.
The 535d was first announced for the U.S. market in May of this year, shortly after BMW debuted the 328d sedan and wagon.  It isn’t alone in its market segment: Audi just started selling the A6 TDI, and Mercedes-Benz has been offering an E-Class diesel sedan in the U.S. for several years.

The 535d is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, 24-value engine with Bosch common-rail direct injection that develops 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. The 535d has an EPA rating of 38 mpg (6.18 l/100 km) highway.  It’s mated to a super-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission programmed to take advantage of the diesel’s power.  A manual transmission isn’t offered. The 535d also features electro-mechanical power steering, which further contributes to fuel economy.

The 535d also inherits most of the Bavarian automaker’s energy-saving EfficientDynamics technologies including auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration, and Driving Dynamics Control, which gives the driver the choice of Comfort, Sport, Sport+, or Eco Pro modes to suit the immediate performance requirements. Other EfficientDynamics features include demand-dependent ancillary components and active flap control.  Lower weight is achieved through using aluminum in doors, hood, front side panels, drivetrain, and suspension components.

Other than the diesel engine, this car is just like any other well-appointed 5 Series.  We specified a BMW Individual color, Moonstone Metallic (Mondstein Metallic in BMW’s home market), and anthracite wood trim, along with a black leather interior and anthracite headliner.

Here’s a quick rundown of what the car is equipped with.

The striking first impression is bolstered by the aggressive look of the M Sport package, which includes the M aerodynamic kit, an M Sport suspension, 19” style 351M double spoke light alloy wheels, a brand new M steering wheel, and LED fog lights.  Because it comes with run-flat summer performance tires, it also has an increased top speed with the limiter allowing the car to top out at 150 mph (240 km/h).    The BMW Adaptive Drive system adds Active Roll Stabilization and Dynamic Damper Control. This technology uses electronically-controlled anti-roll bars to help reduce the car’s body roll when cornering.

The all-important cold weather package (the car’s first journey will be to St. Moritz, Switzerland, with an expected low temperature of -17° C) includes heated seats in the front and rear, a heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washers.

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