The sales market of executive limousines has been slowly increasing over the last several years. These extra-long sedans provide unsurpassed comfort, technology and refinement. Formerly the sole domain of rear-wheel drive German sedans with huge cylinder counts, the market has seen quite a shakeup over the last few years. Hyundai is trying to steal sales with the Equus , and companies like Audi have released more fuel efficient, diesel-powered versions of its A8L , and nearly every competitor now offers an AWD variant.
BMW is looking to take eyes away from the competition with its own fuel-efficient, all-weather model. The newly announced 740Ld xDrive combines a fuel-sipping diesel engine with the xDrive AWD system and crams it all under the sheetmetal of BMW’s biggest car.
Is this the winning combination that BMW needs to keep from hemorrhaging buyers to competitors like Hyundai, Jaguar and Audi? We have all the details below to help you decide for yourself.
The outside of the 740Ld is very traditional BMW. It shares strong family resemblance to every other model that the Bavarian company produces. The shape is inoffensive, and from some angles, boring. The 7 Series is far from an ugly vehicle, but the machines from Audi , Mercedes and especially Jaguar , are far more handsome and modern.
Since this is merely an engine change, the 740Ld comes with the same well-appointed interior of the 740Li. That means miles of soft leather, slabs of wood trim, climate control for every passenger and available heated seats with massage. You can also get the headliner in Alcantara as well as a rear seat entertainment system that features a six-disc DVD changer.
Entertainment options include sound systems by either Bang & Olufsen or Harman Kardon.
The driver is pampered with extras like a heads-up display and a heated steering wheel.
The biggest news of the 2014 740Ld xDrive revolves around the “d.” This signifies that this particular BMW gets motivation from a turbo-diesel engine. The 3.0-liter BMW Advanced Diesel engine is a straight-six design and features TwinPower turbocharging. That means that 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque are at the call of your right foot.
The TwinPower designation is a little ingenuous here, as the new diesel only uses a single turbocharger, but it does make use of a variable vane design to reduce lag and provide greater overall control of boost pressure.
Thanks to the immense torque provided by this engine, the massive BMW can hit 60 mph from a dead stop in 6.1 seconds. That is quicker than a Golf GTI despite the fact that the 7 Series weighs 1,500 pounds more.
While the performance is great, the biggest advantage of the diesel comes in the form of fuel economy. BMW has yet to release official numbers but they quote a 25 to 30-percent increase. That should equate to about 35 mpg on the highway.
2014 BMW 740Ld - Drivetrain Specifications
|Engine Type||3.0-Liter Turbo-Diesel I-6|
|Horsepower @ RPM||255 @ 4,000 RPM|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||413 @ 1,500-3,000 RPM|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||6.1 Sec.|
The Audi A8L may represent the benchmark of the breed. With the legendary Quattro AWD system and a 36 mpg highway fuel economy rating, the BMW has its work cut out. However, the Audi’s V-6 engine is down on power and torque just slightly in comparison to the BMW, and it also has a slower 0-to-60 time.
The Jaguar is not sold with a diesel engine option, but it surpasses the BMW in looks, price and performance. With one of the best looking cars on the market, it is hard to deny the Jaguar is a desirable machine that many people will be looking to purchase.
Diesel engines are slowing starting to permeate the car market and it makes sense to see them hit this segment. With fuel economy and emissions becoming a great concern every day a turbocharged diesel is the perfect way to cut fuel use without sacrificing drivability.
We won’t say this is better than the A8L until we get some wheel time with both cars, but on paper, BMW looks to have a winner with the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive.
- Diesel torque is amazing
- Great fuel economy for the class
- Impressive performance
- A bit boring to look at
- The options list will balloon the price past many competitors
Gallery BMW 750Ld xDrive
The first BMW Advanced Diesel 7 Series in the US.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 24, 2014 . . . BMW announcedtoday that the BMW
7 Series would become the latest model line to benefit from BMW Advanced Diesel technology in the US in the form of the BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan. The new model will feature BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine in the long-wheelbase 7 Series body and will include xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $83,425, including $925 destination and handling. It will make its US auto show debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014 and arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2014.
BMW Advanced Diesel now available for BMW’s flagship sedan
The 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 – 3,000 rpm. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW 740Ld xDrive will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. US EPA 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. Standard features like Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop will help the driver to reduce fuel consumption in real-world driving situations.
Through the latest in advanced diesel technologies and the use of weight-saving aluminum block and head designs, BMW’s Advanced Diesel powerplants represent a key component of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy for the reduction of fuel consumption and emissions while providing exceptional BMW driving dynamics.
The 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine features a single turbocharger with variable vane turbine technology. This design helps improve low-end torque while facilitating precise control of the boost pressure and eliminates the need for a wastegate.
The engine uses the latest generation of electronically controlled high-precision diesel injection system. The system plays a significant role in the reduction of fuel consumption as well as exhaust emissions. The normal operating pressures reach as high as 1800 bar (26,107 PSI) and the fuel injectors can deliver multiple injections over extremely short durations of time, helping to reduce exhaust emissions.
The exhaust gas treatment system is specifically designed to comply with ULEV II emission standards. It uses a combination of a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system with no fewer than nine specific sensors working in concert to keep exhaust emissions to an absolute minimum.
The all-aluminum crankcase and hollow camshafts not only save weight, they also contribute to noise and vibration reduction. Additionally, the timing chain is placed at the flywheel end and not toward the front of the engine which further reduces rotational vibrations.
BMW Advanced Diesel models in the US
The 740Ld xDrive Sedan joins a growing list of BMW Advanced Diesel models offered in the US which now includes:
328d and 328d xDrive Sedans
328d xDrive Sports Wagon
535d and 535d xDrive Sedans
X5 xDrive35d Sports Activity Vehicle
The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will make its US auto show debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2014 and arrive in US showrooms in Spring 2014.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.