The successful BMW diesel story continues to unfold thanks to the launch of Euro IV compliant 2.0-litre diesel engines this month. This adds to the appeal of 3 Series diesel models which already benefit from free service and maintenance packages, superb economy and class-leading performance figures.
Now more company car drivers are set to benefit from cheaper motoring, as BMW announces the arrival of additional Euro IV BMW diesel engines next year. In March 2004 the 525d SE, 530d SE, 330d SE and all-new 330Cd SE Coupé will join Euro IV compliant 2.0-litre diesel 3 Series models*.
Euro IV compliance means exemption from the government’s three per cent surcharge on diesel company car tax, saving drivers hundreds of pounds in contributions each year. With better emissions performance, the new generation of cleaner BMW diesel engines also promises significant environmental benefits and comes well ahead of the 1 January 2006 Euro IV deadline for all new cars.
While adjustments to the engine have enabled Euro IV compliance for 3 Series diesel models, new 5 Series diesel variants will feature a revolutionary second-generation particle filter. This includes an element with catalytic coating capable of eliminating particle emissions by almost 100 per cent.
Together with specifically harmonised engine management, the coating negates the need for additives in the fuel as most particle emissions are permanently converted within the filter itself.
Ash accumulation is reduced to a minimum, helping extend the service life of the filter elements while improvements to the engine further serve to prevent particle generation from the start. Upgraded injection jets and optimised injection timing on second generation common-rail diesel units help to reduce significantly the emission of raw engine particles, helping extend the filter’s long regeneration intervals.
In designing the particle filter, BMW engineers ensured that it would have no perceptible effect on the performance of BMW’s larger diesel engines. There is also no increase in fuel consumption, and therefore CO2 emissions, which might otherwise erode the benefits of Euro IV status by pushing the car into a higher tax bracket.
Free service and maintenance
As well as promising less tax for company car drivers, all new diesel 3 Series come with a free service and maintenance package. Valid for five years or 60,000 miles, Service Inclusive covers items like oil services, inspection services, replacement pads and discs, wiper blades, brake fluid as well as all labour charges.
While linked to BMW’s three year unlimited mileage warranty, maintenance costs are kept to a minimum saving owners thousands of pounds. Service Inclusive is also fully transferable if the vehicle is sold making the 3 Series diesel an attractive prospect for used car buyers.
Service Inclusive is also available as an option on new 5 Series models, for a one-off payment of £750.00.Published 24 October 2003