Diesel cars have not been as popular in the U.S. as they are elsewhere. If the upcoming BMW diesel 5 series ever comes stateside, some people may reconsider.
Two turbochargers not sufficient
Naturally, two turbochargers is just not sufficient if three can be had. BMW has taken that idea to heart when designing an upcoming version of the 5 series.
According to AutoWeek, it was leaked in Europe that BMW is working on a new diesel addition to the 5 series lineup that sounds enticing. The new 5 series diesel, which is rumored to be designated the 550dx, will get a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter inline six diesel that is already available in the 3 series and X5 diesel models. However, the rather pedestrian 265 horsepower that the X5d and 335d produce, according to BMW’s website, is just not going to be sufficient.
In order to bring the power up to par, BMW will be adding a third turbocharger to bring the power up to to 376 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque.
Same motor headed for X series
The 550dx, as it bears the BMW “x” designation, will also have BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The triple turbo six-cylinder diesel is also reportedly going to be put into new versions of the X5 and X6 xDrive models as well. The engine, according to Automobile Magazine, was tuned by BMW’s M division, which takes already sporty BMWs and turns them into scary-fast cars with ample luxury. These diesel models aren’t going to be part of the M series lineup, as an MX5 is already available.
Unfortunately for diesel enthusiasts, it isn’t confirmed that these models will even come to the United States. There aren’t many diesel passenger car models offered, though there are plenty of diesel trucks to be had. BMW, going by its website, only offers a 3 series and X5 model with diesel engines, both of which cost more than the gas-powered models in their lines.
New 3 series will get diesel
Though the new diesel 5 series isn’t confirmed for North America, a new diesel 3 series will join the 3 series lineup that’s due in early 2012, according to Car and Driver.
The first models of 2012 3 series, according to AutoBlog, are arriving at dealerships in February of 2012. The 328i is departing from last year’s model, offering a twin-turbo four-cylinder in lieu of the inline-six that’s been standard in 3 series BMWs for years. The 335i will still have the twin-turbo 3.0 liter.
The diesel variant, according to Car and Driver, is probably not going to arrive until later. Other additions to the 3 series lineup include the M3 Sport, a toned-down version of the M3, as well as ActiveHybrid and wagon models.