Key BMW and Mini models lose diesel enginesNovember 24, 2020
BMW will ditch the M50d for SUVs and all diesel 2-Series, as well as the Mini Countryman in the UK.
BMW is the latest brand to ditch a number of diesel engines from its lineup in the UK, including Mini, as fuel demand continues to fall. The brand said in a statement that the 2-Series coupe and convertible are now only available with petrol engines, from the 1.5-liter three-cylinder in the 218i to the 3.0-liter inline-six in the M240i.
Understandably, this is primarily due to the need to modernize diesel engines to meet the future Euro 6d emission standard, which BMW deemed impractical given that these vehicles are due to be replaced next year. However, Mini will stop accepting orders for the Countryman Cooper D diesel SUV, despite the Euro 6d engine not being added until July.
This is due to a decrease in consumer demand for fuel, and a company spokesman confirmed that the product range is “constantly reviewed and refined to reflect customer preferences.”
Finally, BMW has discontinued pan-European production of the top-end M50d for the X5, X6 and X7 SUVs. Introduced in 2016, the turbocharged six-cylinder engine produced 395 hp in these cars. power. While not officially confirmed, previous reports suggest that the complexity of the engine made it too expensive to manufacture as diesel was no longer popular.
Many manufacturers have either reduced or phased out their range of diesel ICEs over the past few years. The fuel market share will decline to about one fifth in 2020, and recently collected data shows that the number of diesel options offered for sale in the UK has almost halved in the past five years.
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