BMW will soon offer a more fuel-efficient diesel engine option in its flagship 7-Series sedan.
BMW announced that an all-new 740Ld xDrive Sedan model will join its lineup for the 2014 model year. Based on the long-wheelbase version of the all-wheel drive 7-Series, the 740Ld xDrive Sedan will make use of BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine.
Under the hood of the 7-Series the oil burner will develop 255-horsepower and a V8-like 413 lb-ft of torque. Shifting through an eight-speed automatic, BMW says the 740Ld xDrive Sedan will be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds.
Fuel economy ratings are not yet available for the 740Ld xDrive, but BMW notes other vehicles equipped with its diesel engine – such as the 328d and 535d – have returned a 25-30 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to their gas counterparts. If that holds true for the 740Ld xDrive, expect to see a highway rating of about 36mpg.
The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will make its first public appearance at next month’s Chicago auto show. BMW says its diesel flagship will arrive in showrooms later this spring.