For the 2014 model year, BMW’s flagship sedan is getting a second option for buyers looking to curb their fuel use. BMW has announced that a new diesel model, the 740Ld xDrive, will join the rest of the 7-Series range this spring, offering an alternative to the existing ActiveHybrid 7L model.
The 740Ld xDrive’s engine is the same turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six found in the 535d, and its output in the BMW flagship sedan is unchanged at 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the diesel mill will accelerate the big sedan from 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
EPA-rated fuel economy estimates are not yet available, however, other models equipped with this engine have seen a 25-30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over their direct gasoline-powered counterparts, according to BMW. The gas-powered 740Li xDrive averages 22 mpg combined, which means we could see the 740Ld xDrive’s combined mileage average around 28 mpg. The ActiveHybrid 7L gets a 25 mpg combined rating from the EPA.
The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive will make its local debut at next month’s 2014 Chicago Auto Show
. The first showroom examples will appear in the spring, with pricing set at $83,425, including a $925 shipping charge.
With Mercedes’ S-Class no longer offering a diesel, though that will likely change eventually, the 740Ld xDrive’s only real rival is the Audi A8 L TDI
. That model features 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and is priced at an almost equal $83,395._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.