Car and Driver has confirmed with BMW that they will be bringing a new 5 Series diesel variant to the US market. Given dieselgate and all that has happened to the diesel market, this certainly wasn’t a forgone conclusion.
While it’s not official we believe that BMW will bring over the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six found under the hood of the in the European 530d. That car makes 262 horsepower an extremely healthy 457 lb-ft of torque. Given how BMWNA names and markets cars with that type of performance we wouldn’t be surprised to see a 535d or even a 540d badge applied.
This decision also points towards another generation of X3 and X5 diesels given the investment of certifying an entirely new Diesel engine for the US.
One thing we have confirmed however is that the 7 Series diesel is quite dead for the US market.