For European automakers, diesels may rule the road back at home, but they’ve had a challenge convincing North American consumers to adopt the gasoline alternative. And if that’s considered an uphill battle, selling diesel cars in Japan, the land of the hybrid, is a virtual Mount Everest. To date, BMW has never offered a diesel model in Japan, but that will all change at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
As a part of BMW’s Tokyo debut lineup will be the X5 xDrive35d BluePerformance with an AdBlue exhaust treatment system so it meets the world’s strictest emissions standards.
Much of the rest of BMW’s Tokyo lineup will focus on its new turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and hybrids with the BMW stand housing the new BMW 1 Series and X1 xDrive20i. In the hybrid camp will be the 7 Series ActiveHybrid as well as the new ActiveHybrid 5 – a 335-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder hybrid.