What Is It?
2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive
What's New About This Model?
For the first time in North America, the BMW 7 Series is available with a diesel engine. A new M Sport trim line also debuts.
When Does It Go on Sale?
It will be available at dealers in the spring.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing starts at $83,425, representing a $2,425 premium over the comparable, gasoline-powered 740Li xDrive.
What Kind of Engine and Transmissions Does It Have?
Despite the differing number, the 740Ld has the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 found in the BMW X5 xDrive35d. It sends 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
What Fuel Economy Can You Expect?
BMW wasn't ready to announce official EPA estimates, but indicated that the highway estimate would be "well into the 30s." That, and the 21.1-gallon fuel tank, should contribute to tremendous range.
What About Acceleration, Then?
Perhaps not surprisingly, BMW happily announced the 740Ld will go from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That's slower than the 740Li xDrive, which BMW says does it in 5.4 seconds.
Can I Get the Same Equipment Available on Other 7 Series Models?
Yes, you can load the 740Ld up with the same laundry list of convenience, entertainment and luxury equipment as its gasoline-powered siblings. In fact, the 740Ld actually gets something the others don't — an M Sport equipment and styling "Line" similar to those found on other BMW models.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
2014 Audi A8 TDI: Audi is the only other luxury automaker to currently offer a diesel engine in its flagship sedan. It's just as luxurious as other A8s, but with the added bonus of 28 mpg combined.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Mercedes-Benz was the first luxury automaker to reintroduce diesel to the flagship segment in North America, but that was the previous-generation S-Class. We're still waiting on the newest version to get a diesel option — if it does at all. Diesel or no, however, the S-Class is a hugely impressive luxury car.
Should You Wait for It?
You won't have to wait long, but the 2014 BMW 740Ld is certainly appealing. Folks buying a car that can easily top $100,000 usually aren't that concerned with fuel economy, but if you don't care about all-out performance, why waste money at the gas station? Also, the 740Ld's better fuel economy will equal better range as well: a boon on road trips.