|2009 BMW 335d sedan|
The sedan (which is titled the 335d) will be EPA rated at 23 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway with a base price of $44,725. BMW estimates the sedan will be able to travel 560 miles on a tank of fuel.
The X5 xDrive35d is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It will sticker at $52,025, including destination when it arrives in January. BMW states that the X5 will have a range of 585 miles on a tankful for fuel.
BMW has said that the 335d will be eligible for an IRS tax credit of $900 for the 335d sedan; the tax credit for the X35d will be $1550.
An article published on the Autoweek.com website today states:
"BMW calls its diesel technology BluePerformance, and it uses urea injection to cut emissions. Both vehicles share the same twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 powerplant that makes 265 hp. As with many diesels, the performance comes from the delivery of plenty of torque--the engine is rated at 425 lb-ft, nearly the same as BMW's vaunted V12. The big torque is expected to help the vehicles post respectable 0-to-60 mph times, with the 335d hitting it in six seconds and the X5 diesel checking with a time of 6.9 seconds."
BMW is gambling that these models will allow it to compete with the new Mercedes C-class Blue-Tec diesels here in the U.S.. The biggest gambler in the luxury diesel market is Cadillac. They must get their diesel version of CTS sedan and station wagon released VERY quickly here in America (with their new 250 horsepower 2.9 liter V-6 turbo diesel that was being manufactured mainly for the European market) before the European marque automakers "eat their lunch" in the emerging U.S. luxury diesel market, IMHO. Your thoughts, fellow oil-burner fanatics?
[Edited 2008-11-11 21:55:54]