The Volkswagen dieselgate scandal rocked the auto industry, leading the EPA to crack down on diesel emissions and keep them out of buyers’ hands as they went through more stringent testing. BMW took a big hit, as its line has long included a handful of U.S.-prepped diesels. Recently, the 3 Series, X3, and X5 all received the OK for sale in the U.S., and now a new report indicates a 5er is coming with an oil-burner too.
The reports hails from the folks at Car & Driver, but it comes straight from the horse’s mouth at BMW. According to the report, there are no specifics on the upcoming 540d, but speculation is pretty simple. Logic says the 540d will arrive with a variant 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder found in the European-spec 530d.
In the 530d, this 3.0-liter produces 262 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Given the relationship between BMW’s series naming and engine output, my gut says BMW will crank the 540d’s wick up a bit – maybe as high as 275 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
Despite the confirmation, which came from a BMW spokesperson, the rest of the details will remain under wraps for now. We’ll likely see the 540d later this year, so the wait may be shorter than you’d expect.
Keep it locked here for updates.