BMW Adds 7 Series Diesel to Lineup

By Paul Riegler on 24 January 2014
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P90093620BMW announced the addition of the BMW 740Ld xDrive sedan to its diesel lineup in the United States.  The Bavarian-based automaker currently offers diesel-powered models in the 3 Series and 5 Series as well as in the X5 model range.

The new diesel, available only in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body and with xDrive, BMW’s all-wheel drive system, comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that develops 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.  The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can go from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds.

This is the same engine that powers the recently-introduced BMW 535d, which gets 38 mpg (6.2 l/100 km).

Standard features that keep fuel usage down include Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop.  The engine features a single turbocharger with variable vane technology, a design that BMW says improves low-end torque and facilitates precise control of the boost pressure.  It also eliminates the need for a wastegate.

The car meets ULEV II emission standards thanks to a combination of a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system.

The BMW 740Ld will be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show next month and will be available at BMW showrooms in the spring with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $83,425.

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