BMW pulls the plug on diesels in US in favor of plug-in hybrids
“We’re placing all our eggs within the PHEV basket,” BMW spokesman Alex Schmuck advised The Automotive Connection at a press preview for the corporate’s redesigned 2019 X5 crossover SUV in Atlanta.
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Schmuck confirmed that the South Carolina-built 2019 X5 won’t be obtainable with a diesel engine for the U.S. A plug-in hybrid model able to about 40 miles of electrical vary on a full cost will arrive in about 18 months for the 2021 mannequin yr.
BMW’s up-and-down historical past with diesel within the U.S. dates again about 30 yr to its short-lived 524td sedan within the mid-1980s. The automaker additionally provided the 524td’s engine to Ford Motor Firm, which used it in some Lincoln fashions.
BMW revived its diesel efforts a couple of decade in the past with a 3.0-liter inline-6 in its 335d sedan and X5 crossover SUV after which launched a 4-cylinder turbodiesel in its 3-Collection sedan and wagon and its X3 crossover SUV. More and more stringent emissions requirements within the U.S. and extra authorities oversight after Volkswagen admitted to systematically dishonest on the EPA’s check has soured demand for diesel-fueled passenger vehicles.