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BMW diesel fans have been waiting to know if BMW was going to bring a 5 Series diesel to the US. The fear was that VW Dieselgate had killed diesel momentum for German brands in America. In the 2018 BMW production schedule the 540d xDrive is clearly starting production in July 2017 at Plant Dingolfing.

2018 540d diesel

The 540d is available in xDrive only an dwill be powered by the 3.0 liter quad turbo six cylinder B57 engine. With 394 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque the 540d with xDrive will move. Especially impressive is that all of that torque comes in at just a tick over 2,000 rpm and stays there until nearly 4,000. Redline is around 6000 rpms so the engine has some range for a oil burner.

No word on pricing yet, the 2018 5 Series pricing thread will be updated as soon as we know.
 

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I like he new 5. Glad the diesel is coming State side.
Thanks for sharing with us.


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Maybe I am missing something, but where you read that BMW is bringing 540d to the US? I highly doubt it. If this was the fact, the would be great, as most likely the same engine would be available in new X5 and X7. But again, I doubt it... I hope I am wrong.
 

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I'm planning to purchase my leased 535d unless this beast comes stateside. I honestly doubt that motor will make it to the US market. They always give us the underpowered version of everything.
 

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Maybe I am missing something, but where you read that BMW is bringing 540d to the US? I highly doubt it. If this was the fact, the would be great, as most likely the same engine would be available in new X5 and X7. But again, I doubt it... I hope I am wrong.
My sources are currently saying the B57 engine is what is coming in the 540d. The specs I have on the engine are here -

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=971278

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I'm planning to purchase my leased 535d unless this beast comes stateside. I honestly doubt that motor will make it to the US market. They always give us the underpowered version of everything.
It's all about emissions, emissions, emissions, performance and mileage be damned.

Here's to hoping at least one flavor of the 540d comes to the USA.

Anybody checked EPA and CARB databases for emissions certifications for the 540d? Emissions certifications have to be in place before cars destined for the USA can be legally imported into the USA.

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It's all about emissions, emissions, emissions, performance and mileage be damned.

Here's to hoping at least one flavor of the 540d comes to the USA.

Anybody checked EPA and CARB databases for emissions certifications for the 540d? Emissions certifications have to be in place before cars destined for the USA can be legally imported into the USA.

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no 540d for 2018...at least from the CARB and EPA data I've seen for BMW 2018 offerings.
 

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If I understand correctly, this is general production schedule and not a schedule for the US. The US will probably get fake 35d, i.e. European 30d as it was the case with F15 and F10.
 

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If I understand correctly, this is general production schedule and not a schedule for the US. The US will probably get fake 35d, i.e. European 30d as it was the case with F15 and F10.
This is from a US source. The production guide is US specific, if you look there are no European models listed.

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The 2018 vehicles are just starting to be certified. Plus, diesels are now subject to months of additional rigorous emissions scrutiny before receiving certification (since the VW TDI scandal).

The 2017 Chevy Cruze diesel was not officially certified until very late January 2017, less than two months before the model was put into production (33 Cruze diesels were sold in March 2017 according to hybridcars.com.)
 

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Hmm, isn't the engine spec the same or damn close to what was in the F10 M550d?? That would make sense why it's only an xDrive variant. Hard to plant that much torque in the tarmac with just RWD.

That will be a compelling option if you like the oil burner :)

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If the quad turbo engine does make it to the US I am a buyer. I loved my 335d but traded before the warranty expired as I was afraid of carbon buildup and other issues high mileage drivers were having. I would buy the quad turbo 5 series and do the same unless it proves to be more reliable and trouble free than the 335d. Time will tell.

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Is this for real? I've decided against diesel for my next car, but this is quite interesting

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BMW is making a 540d, that production schedule is from BMW NA. My source says it will be coming with the B57, but that is not confirmed from BMW NA.

We should get more info in May I would guess.
 

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Wouldn't B57 have 50d badge? BMW NA has been rather faking the badges, e.g. claiming that 30d is 35d.

I think it is unlikely that quad-turbocharged diesel will be sold in the US. I would like to be wrong.
 

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I agree it doesn't make a lot of sense but my source is seldom wrong. I am ready to say I was wrong if this doesn't come through, but I'll be so disappointed.

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