2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Details:
- To debut at this year's Chicago Auto Show
- MSRP is $83435 and available this spring
- Powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six producing 255hp and 413 lb-ft of torque
- Uses BMW Advanced Diesel engine with TwinPower Turbo Technology
We live in a world where it's nearly impossible to please everybody, especially in the automotive industry. There's always going to be somebody who hates a car that took years of planning and engineering. With BMW's release of the 2014 M3, M4, and M235i it's safe to safe all of the luxury performance junkies are pleased. But what about consumers who are more concerned with gas efficiency?
BMW just announced a new big body diesel option. The 2014 740Ld xDrive Sedan will be joining the brand's lineup of cars for the US market. The long-wheelbase 7 Series body will benefit from BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system and efficient diesel technology. It carries an MSRP of $83425 plus $925 destination and handling.
On paper the 740Ld doesn't sound boring at all. Powering the 740Ld will be a 3.0-liter in-line six diesel engine with BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology good for a claimed 255 horsepower and 413 lb-ft. of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. To save weight BMW uses an aluminum block and head. Additionally it has an all-aluminum crankcase and hollow camshafts for further weight and noise reduction. Its timing chain is placed at the flywheel instead of the front engine to further reduce rotational vibrations.
While it's called TwinPower the 740Ld features a single turbocharger featuring variable vane turbine technology, which improves low-end torque with precise control of the boost pressure without the use of a wastegate. It only takes 6.1sec for BMW's flagship sedan to accelerate from 0-60mph. BMW says it will have 25-30% better fuel efficiency over its direct gasoline-powered counterparts. However US EPA fuel economy estimates are still not available.
The 2014 BMW 740Ld will have premium standard features such as Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop to help the driver reduce fuel consumption in real-world driving situations. It comes equipped with an exhaust gas treatment system that is designed to comply with ULEV II emission standards. The system integrates a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction system with approximately nine sensors that keep exhaust emissions to a minimum.
See the first BMW Advanced Diesel 7 Series in the US debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February this year and expect to see it in showrooms in the spring.