BMW Diesel Update

It is officially official. The diesels will begin production in November and will be delivered to dealers mid December.

The 335d will have a best in class EPA fuel economy of 23/36 MPG making it the most fuel efficient BMW ever sold in the US as well as the highest rated EPA MPG 6 cylinder engine ever in the US. With 0-60 in 6.0 seconds it is quicker to that mark than the all new Audi A4 3.2 and the MB C350.

The X5d (as we like to refer to it as) will have an EPA rating of 19/26 MPG with a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds; making it the fastest and most efficient SUV in the US. Both models will have a highway range of over 580 miles. Both will qualify for the IRS Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit.

The 335d will have the same option profile as the 335i except for unique sport package wheels on the 335d. The X5 35d will have the same option profile as the X5 30i. Active steering is not available on either model.

We will update you with pricing and ordering guides as they become available.

Here is the PDF

Dealers will see that Order Bank Entries are available.

Please see our past entries on diesels, the latest is here.

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  • ive never been a diesel guy cause I dont get it but damn, those seem like pretty good MPG’s

  • Michael

    Now can we have 325d (15% more efficient) or 320d (30% more efficient). Does everyone needs sub 6.0s to 60mph in a daily driver?

  • eager2own

    Now, if they would just drop that into the 5-series wagon — you’ve got our next family car.

  • Michael: There is a marketing reason for the 335d coming first; BMW wanted to show that diesel can combine performance, efficiency and cleanliness all in one. Also, BMW had a strict no 4 cylinders in the US rule under Tom Purves. With Jim things will change but these things do not happen overnight. The 330d would have also fit the bill but that was 6 months behind in development; this launch started back in Dec. of 2007 so it has taken a full two years.

    BMW drivers until recently were not interested in solely efficiency, so if you think about having that type of performance and still getting that efficiency it is spectacular. The 335i is getting 17/26, the 335d is 27% (avg.) more efficient. Yes it would be nice to see some of the more efficient models but at the same time BMW needed to show diesel is not slow and smelly. The other issue is that the engine needed to be able to power the X5 sufficiently, motors cost a lot to certify and test so they only wanted one to begin with.

    I have heard conflicting points on the pricing; some say a bump, others say there are internal conflicts and that pricing may be LESS than the 335i for the first several months and use that as marketing. Why would you not buy a more efficient model, with almost the same performance if it was cheaper, qualifies for a tax break and diesel is now less than premium in parts of the country?

    They went with the 3/X5 because of past sales numbers; if this is successful it will make the full range but we will not know that until sometime next fall.

  • Hunter

    I’ll more than probably be getting a 335d in March now. I was thinking about the new A4 or A5, or even the 335i coupe, but now I’m convinced. Currently drive a 2003 325i.

  • Additionally: The weight differential between a US 335d and a US 335i is 220 lbs, 3825 vs. 3605. That includes a full load Urea fluid, which by itself (just the fluid) is 60 lbs.

    With a 0 – 60 time of six seconds flat and EPA mileage estimates of 23 city/36 highway it’s a pretty compelling argument. Even with a slightly smaller fuel tank than a 335i (15.6 vs. 16.2), the highway range is still about 580 miles. That would get you from LA to Vegas… and back.

    In the 3s automatics are slightly heavier than manuals and have a little more front weight bias. The 335d, which is only an automatic, is virtually the same as a 335i with automatic at 51/49 weight distribution.

  • Bob

    A big reason is the new fuel economy regulations. BMW will have a hard time selling M cars and 750Li’s unless they have some fuel efficient cars in the fleet. They may even have to subsidise the diesels.

  • Michael

    Diesel is more efficient, but it is not cleaner, it produces MORE greenhouse gas per gallon of fuel. UK site should have appropriate CO2 emission numbers. What I am saying, BMW with 8s to 60 is still a BMW, it drives and handles as a BMW, it has luxury of a BMW. Smaller engine does not turn BMW into a Prius. Yeah, 4 cyl rule made sense with $1/gal gasoline before all that global warming thing, but not now. It is not about money – most BMW drivers can afford extra gas, but why pollute more if there is an option to pollute less? I am wondering how many luxury cat buyers will defect to Prius based Lexus Toyota will be showing next January. However, I’d rather drive 320d or 120d daily and get used M coupe for a weekend fun than sitting in M3 in a traffic jam. Besides, ’98 M3 was fast, nimble and was making 23 mpg. Just look at E92 pig…

  • Michael

    eager2own: totally agree. I am looking at our next family car, and I would definitely prefer diesel wagon. It may be Audi though since Audi/VW is bringing diesels as well, and A6 is almost $10K cheaper than equivalent 5xx.

  • Michael

    Also, I am seeing a lot of A4 2.0T around. Why BMW thinks 4 cyl don’t sell?

  • Prius is in Bin 3 this thing meets bin 5 (average). Has more HP, torque and 2 extra cylinders (part of the added pollution) all without the need for batteries and the production pollution associated with them. Over the life of the car (from production on) they are about even since a hybrid car produces more green house gases during production (big argument by some true “green” people).

    A 4 cylinder with the added tech the Advanced diesels have will be very comparable. Also, the UK models do NOT have the added emissions components the US cars have. The US standards are much higher.

    The 335i is only LEV-II, and the 335d is ULEV-II so it is cleaner than that!

  • BMWNA is rethinking 4 cylinders… we covered this about a month ago and it should get the green light.

  • Bob

    Turbo 4 bangers with advanced computer controls will be very fuel and emission friendly plus still drive like a BMW. We will probably see them in 2 years, I hope.

  • Michael

    CO2 is not getting removed by any additional components like urea injection. US standards higher in CH and NO, there is no standard/limit for CO2. CO2 is not considered an emission (yet).

    335d 177g/km 325d 153-164 320d 128-144

    330 (gas) 173 525 (~528 US): 177

    118d: 119 Prius: 104

    As I said – diesel is not much different grom gasoline engine greenhouse-wise. It burns less fuel, but produces more CO2 per gram of fuel. 335 produces same amound of CO2 as gasoline 528.

    And let’s stop pretending BMW is as green as Prius. It is not. However, I am are not picking one or another, these are not comparable cars. I want to drive a BMW and yet to be reasonable fuel and greenhouse-wise. 335 is not better than regular 330. 320d would be a better choice.

  • Hunter

    BMW is a performance driver’s car. It’s about handling and sheer driving. The Ultimate Driving Machine is not a term which can be seriously applied to ANY Toyota. Period. If BMW can create a car with serious performance, handling, and driving, while also delivering damn good economy along the way, then that is a testament to their engineering.

    No matter how green a Prius may claim to be, it is fully proven that the production of one produces more pollutants than a Land Rover. Where are all the batteries going to go? To a landfill, where they’ll undoubtedly produce even more problems in the future.

    BMW is not ignorant to the growing economic issues involved with non-renewable resources. They are investing millions (perhaps billions) of dollars into development of alternatives. The 320d may very well be an excellent contender in the US market, but at the moment American buyers still want the hardcore performance that they’ve come to expect from a BMW product.

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  • Michael

    Hunter: then why BMW is working so hard on battery based hybrids? I am always wondering why ‘performance’ quicky turns into ‘0-60’ number. It is like straight-line acceleration is the only thing to enjoy. If you read more about ‘ring, you’ll see that most powerful car is not necessarily the best to bring there. Or maybe I should go and buy Lexus – I can get more power for the same money 😉

  • Hunter

    Michael, I never said that performance was based solely on acceleration. If you read my post, I also mention the key word “handling,” which in my opinion is what BMW does really well. Try taking a 90 degree curve in a BMW or MINI driving say 40 mph, and do the same thing in a Corolla, Camry, Avalon, Prius, etc. and tell me what feeling you get. Also, drive both of them side by side. Compare the way that the steering feels in your hands. In the BMW it will be tight with lots of feel, while in ANY Toyota you will feel no connection with the road and feel like you are instead piloting a boat on water. 0-60 numbers are very much a component of performance, don’t get me wrong. You’re not going to get good lap times at all if you can’t accelerate at a decent pace.

    Secondly, I also never said that BMW is not exploring hybrid and battery technology, but they are also doing so with different types of batteries than are currently being produced, with longer battery life and better battery recycling. The problem with the “greenness” of the Prius is that Toyota outsources all sorts of parts in the manufacturing process and has to bring things in from all over the world, that it actually becomes less and less “green” because of the ships and airplanes that are required to get the parts to and fro. BMW also incorporates many “hybrid” technologies in its offerings in Europe such as regenerative braking, and automatic engine stop. These tricks are employed in battery-hybrid vehicles to save strain on the engine and increase economy, but BMW is using them in traditionally-propelled automobiles.

    P.S. Wink back atcha.

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