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Confirmed! Diesel-Powered BMW 540d Coming to the U.S.

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 4/27/2017 Joseph Capparella

Confirmed! Diesel-Powered BMW 540d Coming to the U.S.© Joseph Capparella Confirmed! Diesel-Powered BMW 540d Coming to the U.S.

BMW soon will launch a diesel version of the newest 5-series sedan in the U.S. called the 540d, a company spokesperson has confirmed. The new diesel-powered sedan will join diesel versions of the 3-series, X3, and X5, all of which are currently for sale after passing more stringent EPA emissions testing for the 2017 model year.

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Although no official U.S. information is available yet, we assume the 540d will be powered by the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six found in the Europe-market 530d. In that application, it makes 262 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque; the 540d nomenclature suggests that our version of the car might make some extra power.

The previous-generation 5-series diesel, called the 535d in the States, offered both rear- and all-wheel drive, so that should be the case for the new car. We can probably expect an uptick over the 2016 535d's 30-mpg EPA combined rating, given BMW's claim that the Europe-market 530d is 13 percent more efficient than its predecessor. We drove a 530d earlier this year and were impressed with the engine's effortless power and smooth demeanor.

Stay tuned for more official info on this new oil-burning 5-series. BMW isn't ready to share specifics on the 540d, but we'd expect it to go on sale late this year, likely as a 2018 model.

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