Diesel model to join BMW 3-Series lineup in U.S.

(March 30, 2013) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the New York Auto Show ushering in the next wave of BMW Advanced Diesel models in the U.S.  The 328d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine.

It produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just over seven seconds.

Preliminary highway fuel economy estimates are expected to be 45 mpg. The 328d Sedan will be available in rear wheel drive and also with xDrive, BMW’s advanced all-wheel drive system. The sedans will be joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. All Three variants will arrive in U.S. showroom as 2014 models this fall.

BMW Advanced diesel models have already shown to U.S. enthusiasts that diesel power can be perfectly suited to The Ultimate Driving Machine. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the rear wheel drive 328d Sedan are 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/37 mpg combined.  BMW Advanced Diesel technology includes Selective Catalyst Reduction to make the new 328d models true clean diesels.

Levels of performance and luxury expected of any BMW 3 Series will be ensured with levels of standard equipment on par with the 328i gasoline models. 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.