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BMW upgrading 1 and 3 Series models with focus on fuel economy and emissions; BMW 114d to debut with 1.6L diesel

3 September 2012

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BMW 114d. Click to enlarge.

BMW is making a number of enhancements to its 1 and 3 Series in fall 2012. The economical BMW 114d will make its debut, and for the first time, the intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive will be available for the BMW 1 Series.

Too, the BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan will be available as the first gasoline-driven model with additionally enhanced technology for reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. In future, there will be a choice of four diesel and two gasoline engines for the new BMW 3 Series Touring. Latest additions to the vehicle range are the models BMW 320i Touring, BMW 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring.

The number of BMW Models that conform with EU6 exhaust emission requirements will increase. As early as in the autumn of 2012, further model variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series as well as the BMW X1 will comply with this classification due to come into effect as from 2014.

New entry model: The BMW 114d. The range of diesel engines available for the BMW 1 Series is being further extended as from the autumn of 2012. The new 114d model is powered by a 1.6-liter version of the four-cylinder diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engine features a supercharging system with variable turbine technology and Common Rail direct fuel injection with solenoid valves operating with a maximum pressure of 1,600 bar.

It delivers maximum power output of 70 kW/95 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 235 N·m (173 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm. This facilitates acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds and a top speed of 185 km/h. Average fuel consumption is between 4.1 and 4.3 liters/100 km (54.7 to 57 mpg US), with respective CO2 emissions being between 109 and 112 grams per km (levels as per the EU test cycle, depending on selected tire format).

Like all other model variants of the new BMW 1 Series, the new BMW 114d is also equipped as standard with BMW EfficientDynamics technology. The package comprises among other things brake energy regeneration, shift point indicator, Auto Start Stop function, electronic power steering, on-demand ancillary components and tires with reduced rolling resistance. Moreover, the new BMW 114d features the ECO PRO mode, which can be activated by means of the Driver Experience Control switch fitted as standard, facilitating both a relaxed and economical driving style.

Extended model range for the new three-door BMW 1 Series: BMW 120d and BMW 118i. Like the two four-wheel drive models, the BMW 114d is being simultaneously introduced both as a five-door and a three-door version. The new three-door BMW 1 Series is being launched parallel to the BMW 120d and the BMW 118i, which both feature rear-wheel drive. Therefore, there is now a choice of five gasoline and six diesel power units for the two compact models.

BMW 120d xDrive and BMW M135i xDrive: Intelligent four-wheel drive featured for the first time also in the BMW 1 Series. Intelligent four-wheel drive BMW xDrive delivers optimized stability, maximum traction and an increase in sportiness. Electronically controlled power distribution between the front and rear wheels also ensures handling characteristics even in adverse weather and road conditions as well as the precision and agility when taking curves at high speeds. This system is available for the first time for the BMW 1 Series.

xDrive is being offered both for the five-door and the three-door BMW 1 Series, each in two model variants. Featured in the BMW 120d xDrive, it distributes the power of a 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder diesel engine between the front and rear wheels. This interaction facilitates acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph). Average fuel consumption of the BMW 120d xDrive is between 4.7 and 4.8 liters per 100 km (49 to 50 mpg US ) and the CO2 emission level between 123 and 126 grams per km (figures as per the EU test cycle, depending on selected tire format).

The four-wheel drive system also is featured in the compact segment’s first BMW M Performance automobile. The BMW M135i xDrive, which comes as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and featuring a 235 kW/320 hp straight six-cylinder gasoline engine, accelerates to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The BMW M135i xDrive has an average fuel consumption of 7.8 liters/100 km (30 mpg US) and a CO2 emission level of 182 grams per km in the EU test cycle.

The BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan. The BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter, 125 kW/170 hp four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. The BMW EfficientDynamics measures, which are also fitted as standard on the other variants, are complemented on this model by an optimization of the engine management, gear ratios, aerodynamics and rolling resistance.

This results in an average fuel consumption of 5.3 liters/100 km (44 mpg US) and a CO2 emission level of 124 grams per km in the EU test cycle.

The BMW 316i Sedan. The new entry model in the series, the BMW 316i Sedan is also powered by a 1.6-liter, four cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, mobilizing a maximum power output of 100 kW/136 hp and a maximum torque of 220 N·m (162 lb-ft). A six-speed manual transmission featured as standard, an eight-speed automatic transmission being offered as an option. The BMW 316i Sedan takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (automatic: 9.2 seconds), top speed of both variants being 210 km/h (130 mph).

Average fuel consumption is 5.8 to 5.9 liters/100 km (39.9 to 40.6 mpg US) with a CO2 emission level of 134 grams to 137 grams per km for either of the transmission variants (identical figures both for manual and automatic transmission, depending on selected tire format).

BMW 3 Series Touring: Greater engine diversity, better fuel economy. Immediately following the European market launch, the engine portfolio of the new BMW 3 Series Touring is also being extended. The BMW 328i Touring with 180 kW/245 hp, which was already available from the start, is now being complemented by a second gasoline-driven variant—the 135 kW/184 hp BMW 320i Touring, which also fulfills the EU6 emission standard.

The range of diesel models, which previously comprised the BMW 330d Touring with 190 kW/258 hp and the BMW 320d Touring with 135 kW/184 hp, is being supplemented by the BMW 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring. The new models are all fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission for each model.

The 2-liter engine featured in the new gasoline-driven model is also equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, maximum torque being 270 N·m (199 lb-ft). The new BMW 320i Touring accelerates from 0 to 100 km in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 233 km/h (144 mph) with the manual transmission, 228 km/h (142 mph) with the automatic.

With average fuel consumption between 6.1 and 6.2 liters/100 km (37.9 to 38.6 mpg US) and CO2 emissions between 143 and 145 grams per km, levels are even lower in conjunction with the automatic transmission than those of the model with a manual transmission, which are between 6.4 liters and 6.5 liters/100 km (36.2 to 36.8 mpg US) and between 149 and 152 grams per km (figures as per the EU test cycle, depending on selected tire format).

Two further diesel models for the new BMW 3 Series Touring. The portfolio of diesel models, which has so far consisted of the BMW 330d Touring with 190 kW/258 hp and the BMW 320d Touring with 135 kW/184 hp, will be complemented by the BMW 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring. The new models feature as standard a six-speed manual transmission. They can optionally be fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Adapted to suit each version of the BMW 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring, a 2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology delivers 105 kW/143 hp and a maximum torque of 320 N·m (236 lb-ft) in the 318d, and 85 kW/116 hp and 260 N·m (192 lb-ft) of torque in the 316d.

In both transmission versions, the new BMW 318d Touring has identical acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). Fuel consumption and emission levels are also the same, these being between 4.5 and 4.7 liters/100 km (50 to 52.3 mpg US) and 119 and 123 grams per km respectively (figures as per the EU test cycle, depending on selected tire format).

The new BMW 316d Touring accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds (automatic: 11.1 seconds) and has a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) (198 km/h, 123 mph, automatic). Average fuel consumption as per the EU test cycle is 4.5 to 4.7 liters/100 km, the CO2 level being between 119 and 123 grams per km for each version (figures depend on selected tire format).

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BMW has to join others and come up with better fuel economy, for their gasoline and diesel units. This is a good first step.

Of course, none of these cars will be available in the US. Instead we get the $49,000 Active Hybrid 3, which gets about the same fuel economy as the $36,000 328i. Why anybody would buy the hybrid is completely beyond my comprehension.

Because good hybrids are supposed to get 50+ mpg on regular gas.

Go for a diesel hybrid and get over 60 mpg like the PNGV cars in 1999.

Harvey, they're "supposed to" get 50mpg? I don't care what they're supposed to get. Look at fueleconomy.gov:

The 3 Series is rated as follows:
328i (4 cylinder) RWD, AT: 23/33 $36,500
335i (6 cylinder) RWD, AT: 23/33 $42,800
Active Hybrid 3 (6 cylinder) RWD, AT: 25/33 $49,300

So, for 2mpg city you need to spend $6500 over the 335i and $12,800 over the 328i. Furthermore, if you want all wheel drive or a stick shift, you need to opt for the non-hybrid. Maybe some hybrids get the 50mpg that they're "supposed to" get. The BMW Active Hybrid 3 is not one of them. Now a BMW Active Hybrid 3 with all wheel drive and a 2.0 liter turbo diesel, that would interest me. They have all the parts, they just don't feel like putting them together in that beautiful combination.

Screw the hybrids, give me the 120d xDrive that does 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and still gets 50mpg

@HarveyD
"...join the others..." You should note that BMW introduced the Efficient Dynamics technology five years ago. Other manufacturers are now starting to join BMW. I have an almost 5 years old BMW 320d Touring. The last refueling gave me 50+ mpg. Good for me but maybe not up to your standards. One might argue that the improvement in fuel consumption with the new 320d Touring has not improved very much from the last model, e.g. not to the extent it has for the 328i. One explanation is that the 2-liter diesel engine has changed very little, while the new 320i has a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that replaces a 6-cylinder NA engine. Rumors tell that BMW are also working on new diesel engines, so we might have a new diesel engine generation also pretty soon. Then, 60 mpg might be within reach even without hybridization.

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