Bmw considering diesel-powered 7-Series for the U.S.

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

An increasing demand for more fuel-economical vehicles in the US, as well as the imminent CAFE regulations, may stimulate Bmw to export a diesel version of its revised 7-Series to the North American outlets.

The report came from the president of Bmw's North American operations, Jim O'Donnell, who acknowledged that such an attempt was not initially in the plan of the carmaker but considering the volatile economic environment and buying practices of consumers the company will "look at it". 

Bmw has already decided to sell new clean diesel versions of the 3-Series and X5 in the United States, and extending this to also include the 7-Series would seem sensible for the German automaker.

O'Donnell admitted the enhancements that have been done in diesel technology over time, and said that when U.S. dealers were in Germany two weeks ago to test-drive the current 7-Series, a lot of them "didn't even know they were driving a diesel" but they all notified O'Donnell "they wanted it". 

Lately, the redesigned 7-Series is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. by March, but was unveiled earlier at the Paris Motor Show in October this year. As of the moment Bmw only plans to provide V8 petrol variants of the 7-Series limo in the U.S., however in markets of Europe the 730d turbodiesel is one of the best sellers, said AutomotiveNews.

The 730d is run by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged straight-six diesel motor generating 245 hp (183kW). Friedrich Eichiner, a Bmw board member, was reluctant to offer any definitive information but said that making a diesel variant of the 7-Series available to the U.S. market was "a possibility".

The elegant front end of the new BMW 7-Series is marked by its long, broad bonnet, which has precise contour lines that gather attention to the car’s new BMW kidney grille. This grille now features larger chrome surround and a new slat arrangement that involves nine slats instead of its former 12. Customers may want to further the appeal of the car’s front section by availing of the optional new full-LED headlights, which feature elegant accent strip and signature BMW corona rings.

Meanwhile, the lower part of the modified front apron now features a massive full-width air intake divided into three sections. The outer sections of the intakes feature a pair of chrome bars, thereby adding more depth into the athletic appearance of the new BMW 7-Series. Located farther to the sides are two narrow vertical air intakes, with LED foglamps flanking wide intake. These features are part of BMW’s so-called "air curtain" technology, which makes its cars consume less fuel when travelling at higher speeds, simply making the air flow more aerodynamically around the front wheels.

When viewed from the sides, the new BMW 7-Series reveals a sporty profile defined by a long sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase, short front overhang, a coupe-like roofline and a set-back passenger cabin. The new BMW 7-Series now comes with exterior mirrors with integrated indicators on the rear section. This configuration makes the new BMW 7-Series more noticeable on the road.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the BMW 7-Series is defined by horizontal lines and multi-level subdivisions that visually lower its height. Likewise, the rear end of the new BMW 7-Series is marked by the L-shaped rear lights as connected by stunning chrome strip. While they look similar to those in the previous model, these rear lights now feature differing shades of red, making them rich in contrast. The rear end also features a second chrome strip that visually connects the two slim reflectors in the rear apron. An exclusive slim chrome bar could also be found in between the four chromed tailpipe embellishers.

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