BMW is going to expand its U.S. 3-Series lineup with the addition of a new, diesel-powered version. This model, called the 328d, made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27th and will be put on sale this fall. Prices will be announced closer to its market launch.
The new 328d sedan will be joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. As with all the other models in the lineup, the new 328d can be ordered in Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines, or with the M Sport package.
The 328d will be offered with a four-cylinder diesel engine and can be ordered with either rear wheel drive or xDrive configurations. BMW reported it will deliver a fuel economy of about 45 mpg. Everything else will be shared with the other models in the 3-Series lineup, except of course the 328d badge at the rear that reminds you this is a diesel version.
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The new 328d comes with the same exterior language as the gasoline-powered version. Up front, you will see the usual BMW kidney grille, new headlamps with LED accents going all the way to the new grille. The central air intake has been replaced with two larger intakes for a better cooling of the new four-cylinder diesel engine.
The optional M Sport package will add 18- or 19-inch M alloy wheels, special body parts, chrome tailpipes, and exclusive exterior paintwork.
The interior is also be similar to the one in the gasoline-powered models. It offers more space, a wide variety of storage compartments and even greater practicality. Depending on the trim level — Sport Line, Luxury Line, and Modern Line — customers can choose between black and red accents, high-gloss chrome trim, or a satin aluminum look.
M Sport Package
Distinctive cloth/Alcantara sports seats
Trim elements with blue accent stripsn
M short shifter
M door-sill finishers
M driver’s footrest
M leather steering wheel
Driving Experience Control switch with two settings
The new 328d is powered by a TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 180 horsepower and a peak torque of 280 pound-feet. The engine mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will sprint the new diesel sedan from 0 to 60 mph in a little over 8 seconds.
The new 328d can be ordered in either rear-wheel drive or xDrive configurations and will deliver a fuel economy of about 45 mpg.
The new BMW 328d will be put on sale later this fall. Prices will be announced at a later date.
BMW is among the first automakers to offer diesel-powered alternatives for its models. All its other competitors are currently not offering any diesel alternatives, but for sure things are going to change in the near future.
The only engine offered by the A4 on the U.S. market is the 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In the European market, however, there are also three diesel engines with output ranging from 120 to 245 horsepower. You shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that one of these engines will find their way on the U.S. market in the upcoming months.
In the U.S. market, the C-Class is offered in three different trim levels: C250, C300 and C350. The base version is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 201 horsepower, while top version gets a 3.5 liter V6 with an output of 302 horsepower. European customers however can also enjoy a pretty impressive lineup of diesel alternatives with the most efficient one being the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. Again, don’t be shocked to see the diesel variants oozing their way into the U.S.
The 328d is the first diesel model offered by BMW to its 3-Series American lineup. Despite being all about fuel economy - 45 mpg - customers opting for the new 328d will enjoy the same level of luxury as offered by the gasoline-powered versions.
First diesel engine for the 3-Series
Same look and features as gasoline-powered version
Great fuel economy
BMW debuted the new 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. 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 US showroom as 2014 models in fall of 2013.
BMW Advanced diesel models have already shown to US enthusiasts that diesel power can be perfectly suited to The Ultimate Driving MachineTM. With the introduction of the first 4-cylinder diesel BMW engine offered in the US, BMW Advanced Diesel power and particularly outstanding levels of torque and outstanding fuel efficiency. 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. All three 328d variants will be available in US showrooms this fall.