BMW has allegedly confirmed to launch the diesel version of the new 540. Despite low popularity rate of diesel models in the U.S., the automaker is taking a huge leap in bringing back to life the diesel vehicle range through the introduction of the new BMW 540d. However, the automaker clarifies they have not released any official details of the model.
BMW is reportedly adding a new model to its wide array of diesel variants of the 3-series, X3 and X5. The new model will be called BMW 540d, which will be the latest 5-series sedan coming to the U.S.
Car and Driver claims a BMW spokesperson has just released an official statement saying they will now launch a diesel variant of the new 540 sedan to the U.S. Unfortunately, the company did not unveil any other details except for this confirmation.
The publication speculates that the new BMW 540d will run with 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six. The theory was based on the existing engine found on the current BMW 530d that is available in Europe.
The engine can deliver 265 PS (261 hp) and 620Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. It is also linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission enabling the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The new sedan can hit a max speed of 250 km/h.
With regard to the type of the car, the new BMW 540d is speculated to come as a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The new sedan will most likely be offered similarly with the previous-generation BMW 535d available in the U.S.
Meanwhile, another publication, Jalopnik, verified the report with BMW. The automaker gave a vague response, which seems to still be concealing the details of their plans.
According to BMW, they are indeed planning a diesel version of a 5-series model. However, BMW also clarified that they have not released any official statement regarding the specifics of the model, as well as the on-sale date.