BMW 7 Series Goes Diesel
BMW’s flagship 7 Series will be the automaker’s next U.S. model to receive a diesel powerplant. The automaker made the announcement today, stating the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive will arrive in showrooms this spring with a MSRP of $83,425 including the $925 destination fee.
Power will come from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, matching the output of the BMW 535d sedan. As its name suggests, the 2014 740Ld xDrive will be sold with all-wheel drive and in long-wheelbase configuration. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic, BMW says the large oil-burning sedan will run from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. EPA fuel figures aren’t out yet, but the automaker expects a 25-30-percent improvement in efficiency compared to the 740Ld xDrive’s gas-powered counterpart.
In addition to the 535d and the upcoming 740Ld xDrive, BMW offers diesel engines in the 328d sedan and wagon and the X5 xDrive35d crossover. The 2014 740Ld xDrive’s competition will include the 2014 Audi A8 L TDI, which carries a similar base price ($83,395) and is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 rated at 240-hp and 406-lb-ft. Our recent test of the 2014 A8 L TDI resulted in a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds, which beats BMW’s estimate for the oil-burning 7. Look for more details on the 740Ld xDrive closer to its debut at next month’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
Photos are of other 7 Series models.