BMW To Launch Six Diesel Models In Next Two Years

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BMW has been building diesel cars since the 1980s, but only a handful have ever made it as far as the U.S.

Those that have, such as the BMW 335d sold a few years back, have been well received--so the news that BMW is bringing six more diesel models to the U.S. over the next few years will be music to the ears of many.

Images from a BMW North America meeting (via Bimmerpost) show six new diesel models and arrival dates for each.

First to hit the U.S. will be a diesel 3-Series sedan, arriving in the first half of 2013. A diesel 3-Series Sport Wagon will follow in the second half, and a 5-Series diesel in the third quarter of 2013.

Those will be joined by an X5 diesel in late 2013, and a 7-Series and X3 diesel in the first half of 2014.

The cars will go head-to-head with an increasing number of diesel models from other carmakers, notably BMW's biggest rival, Mercedes-Benz.

It's unclear exactly which engines will be used in each car, but BMW has previously announced the U.S. market would get a 180-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel, and a 255-hp six-cylinder. The smaller unit is most likely to see service in the 3-Series models.

With the imminent arrival of some of the models, expect more details on BMW's new diesel range soon.

[Hat tip to Cameron]


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Comments (5)
  1. From what I read, the diesel version of the sportwagon will be automatic-only. If that is the case, BMW is out of the question for me.

    If it is a diesel, it has to have a manual transmission, especially if it is a station wagon. Automatic is unacceptable!

  2. As the owner of a 335d, I would also love to see a diesel wagon with manual transmission. The automatic is my only complaint about my current car. Throw in awd and it would be the holy grail.

  3. The 335d has so much torque that BMW did not have a manual transmission ready for the 335d. The engine in the 335d would have destroyed any manual transmission that BMW could have mated to that engine. The 335d is the coolest diesel, but it was a hard sell for the leery American buyers. Americans typically buy diesels for the fuel savings. The 335d was never about that. It was about increasing taxes for repairing the roads that it tore up with the low-end torque.

  4. Why no 1 series diesel?

  5. good question...does BMW have a diesel matched up with with the 1 series? VW has several engines that would be appropriate for the 1 series. The 1 series has yet to prove itself in the US market, so BMW is probably waiting for the demand for the 1 series to go up before they contemplate a diesel for the 1 series.

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