BMW Debuts New Diesel Engine and Eight Speed Transmission

Posted on June 2, 2014

BMW announced the unveiling of a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines for the BMW 5 Series. The Munich-based automaker is also introducing a new 8-speed transmission for many of its vehicles.

The four-cylinder diesel engines will premier on the BMW 518d, the BMW 520d, and the BMW 520d xDrive, all of which are available as sedan and touring models. Featuring an aluminum crankcase with thermally joined liners, integrated balance shafts, and a map-controlled oil pump, the new engine delivers a maximum output of 150 horsepower.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • andrew pappas

     | about 7 years ago

    Torque is the story, not horsepower. These new 4 pot diesels make torque similar to the old v8s, the lower horsepower is due to low revs, which how often do you open it up on these cars? I have yet to sample the bmw, but I was impressed by the MB e250 I test drove. The 50-80% better mpg more than offsets the 10-20% higher fuel costs. The difficulty is cost of entry and the question of fleet service. BMW has a shot expanding the warranty coverage, but I'd like to see a domestic brand put a Euro diesel in a full size offering such as 300/XTS/MKS.

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