Today BMW confirmed that its U.S. re-introduction of Ultimate Driving Machines with diesel engines will come with buyer incentives in the form of tax credits. Specifically, its 2009 335d sedan and 2009 X5 xDrive35d qualify for the Internal Revenue Service' Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Tax Credit that puts money back in the pockets of U.S. buyers who opt for ultra clean-burning engines.
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The tax credit for 335d buyers is $900, bringing its $43,900 base MSRP down to an even $43,000, only $550 off from a 335i automatic that retails for $42,450 with the steptronic automatic transmission (335d models come only with the 6-speed steptronic auto). This strikes us as a good deal, as the diesel's remarkable 36 mpg highway (which trounces the 335i automatic's 26 mpg highway rating) should earn back that $550 price premium pretty quick. Not to mention the diesel makes much more torque and makes it to 60 mph just a tick slower than the twin-turbo gasoline 335i.
The tax credit for the X5 xDrive35d is $1,800, pulling that vehicle's MSRP down to $49,400. This brings the diesel's MSRP to less than two grand more than the X5 xDrive 3oi and significantly less than the X5 xDrive48i's MSRP of $56,200. The diesel's huge torque should make it drive more like the V-8 around town, and its 26 mpg highway handily eclipses the 30i's 21 mpg highway rating as well as the 48i's 19 mpg highway score.
Despite premiums at the pump, the German's push for diesel success in the U.S. continues to look up. Discuss.