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BMW Launches New 116d: 54 mpg US

BMW is introducing its most fuel-efficient and least-polluting vehicle yet: the diesel-powered 116d.

The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine delivers 85 kW (115 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) maximum torque, with fuel consumption on the EU cycle of 4.4 L/100km (54 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 118 g/km. The 116d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 125 mph.

Three-door and five-door models go on sale in Europe in March 2009.



US mpg, but for sale in Europe... hopefully a sign of things to come


I'd be pleased if BMW were able to see fit to sell any of the morefrugal versions of the 1 series in the US (diesel or not).

While a 135i 300+ horsepower turbo 3.0L 6 cylinder engined small vehicle makes for a great toy I'd prefer to purchase a 1 series with a 1.6L to 2.0L 4 cylinder direct injected engine and get much better gas mileage making it a more reasonable daily commuter.


Do you know what a BMW “1 series with a 1.6L to 2.0L 4 cylinder direct injected engine” would cost?
What's the matter with a Corolla? Not enough road presence?


I think I'm going to drive my dodge ram, with its glorious road presence, into the ground or until they come up with a comparable 300-400 hp electric truck powered by EEStor capacitors - kind of like on that goofball repower america commercial with the geez, but a much bigger truck (like the dodge rams in the ram challenge commercials).


ejj, when gas hits $4 again, please let us all know how much you appreciate your Ram's "road presence" as compared to your old Golf's or my Jetta's fuel economy.

And I'm willing to bet gas hits $4 long before anybody introduces a 300hp all electric truck.

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