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BMW says new 328d ushers in next wave of advanced diesel models for US; ~37 mpg combined

BMW introduced the 328d Sedan at the New York International Auto, ushering in the next wave of BMW Advanced Diesel models in the US. The 328d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine, which produces 180 hp (134 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 N·m) of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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BMW 328d. Click to enlarge.

The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just over seven seconds. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the rear wheel drive 328d Sedan are 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/37 mpg combined (7.4, 5.2 and 6.4 l/100 km respectively).

The 328d Sedan will be available in rear wheel drive and also with xDrive, BMW’s all-wheel drive system. The sedans will be joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. All Three variants will arrive in US showroom as 2014 models in fall of 2013.

BMW Advanced Diesel technology includes Selective Catalyst Reduction exhaust aftertreatment.

The options list will include Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines as well as M Sport. Detailed specifications and pricing will be available closer to launch. All three 328d variants will be available in US showrooms this fall.

Comments

mahonj

In Europe, we have a BMW 3 series with a 180 hp, 380 N-m engine, but we call it the 320D.

Funny how people get by with smaller numbers in Europe.

Thomas Pedersen

Right, and in Europe it is rated at 52 mpg. However that gas mileage will never be possible they way Americans drive:

Gun it - coast - brake hard. Gun it - coast - brake hard. Gun it - coast - brake hard. Gun it - coast - brake hard. Etc.

Actually, I note that acceleration seems to be better in the US, indicating that the gear ratios have been lowered at the expense of fuel economy.

Jus7tme

It is excellent that BMW is finally bringing a sensibly-sized (2L) 4-cylinder diesel to the US. The current offering of 3+L models are not efficient enough, and this will help. Only the most extreme acceleration freaks will complain, and never mind them.

Next: please hybridize, and if you must, try to reduce the SUVs to smaller engines.

mahonj

It is a pity they don't sell an X5 2.0D.
You can get an X3 2.0D, but it is a bit scrawny (if you want an SUV) - the X5 has better lines, but is only available with the 3.0D.
For reference, there are 147 2012 BMW 5 series's for sale in Ireland, ALL diesel, NO petrol.

Jus7tme

mahonj,

agree completely.

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