BMW to end US diesel sales

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Sep 2018

BMW is joining the growing crowd of manufacturers ditching the diesel in favour of electrification.

The manufacturer has told overseas media it is going all-in on PHEV, rather than persisting with diesel development. However, the Bavarians aren’t getting rid of the oil-burners everywhere, just in the United States.

There, the first victim will be the new X5, which will launch with two petrol variants, the xDrive40i and xDrive50i. A PHEV variant is planned to follow early next decade, dubbed xDrive45e.

That X5 will use a 3.0-litre straight six paired with an electrical system for a total system output of 290kW and 600Nm.

Outside the States, BMW is still committed to the diesel. Every model in Europe can be bought with a ‘d’ suffix, and some of the more popular SUVs and wagons sell better with the diesel engine compared with hybrids and petrol versions.

We reached out to BMW New Zealand for comment. It does not comment on activities in other markets, but “continues to monitor customer preferences around models and engine variants. With reference to the all-new BMW X5, diesel will continue to feature in this model locally.”

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