2018 BMW 540d xDrive Brings Diesel Power To The United States

BMW’s diesel-powered lineup is about to get a new addition as the EPA has signed off on the new 540d xDrive, as reported on TCC.

Designed to appeal to diesel fans, the model is expected to mirror the 530d which is offered in other markets. As a result, the car should have a 3.0-liter diesel engine that develops 261 hp (265 PS / 195 kW) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds.

The EPA listing for the 2018 540d xDrive reveals the model will be rated at 26 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. The government agency goes on to say drivers can expect to spend around $1,500 annually to refuel the luxury sedan.

The 540d xDrive will reportedly go on sale in the United States next month and cost $62,995 including destination charges. That’s significantly more than the 530e xDrive iPerformance which features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that enables the model to travel up to 15 miles (24 km) on electricity alone.

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  • Great Engine, But…

    BMW makes a good diesel, but the US smog requirements (which I am staunchly in favor of) shortens its life, unless you keep up with the maintenance and occasional cleaning. BMW’s diesel vehicles have plenty of prep and cruise effortlessly.

    • John

      how does it shorten the diesel engine life?

      • TotallyDisqusted

        Their sensors are prone to failure and are very expensive. I owned a used X5 diesel for 2.5 years and it was 100% reliable except for multiple emissions system sensors.

    • dufonrafal .

      Emission requirement aren’t really stricter than the new Europeans ones. I don’t think this will be an issue.

  • John

    man… almost $2500 more than 540i
    maybe I will just take the 540i for quieter engine…

    • europeon

      For highway driving, the diesel is kinda quieter.

      • John

        really? there’s always a annoying low pitch cracking noise when I cruise between 75~80mph.

  • dufonrafal .

    There something weird though, why call it a 540d if it has the 530d engine?

    I’ve looked at the original publication, and I think that there is some confusion. I expect this at to have the 540d engine (3.0 L6 320ps) and not the 530d engine (3.0 L6 265ps).

    But I think that a 530d would make more sense. It would be about the price of the 540i and get better fuel economy.
    In the US where fuel is cheap and diesel not really cheaper than gas, I don’t see how a 540d would be a good choice over a 540i.

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