Though we’ve known since last summer that BMW would once again sell a diesel-powered 3-Series sedan in the United States, we’re now officially one step closer to the 2014 BMW 328d appearing in U.S. dealer showrooms.
BMW has announced the U.S. debut of the 328d sedan at this month’s New York Auto Show, where the car will be on display alongside BMW’s plug-in hybrid Concept Active Tourer and 3-Series Gran Turismo models.
The 2014 BMW 328d will come to market with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, rated at 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Though the EPA hasn't yet chimed in on U.S. fuel economy numbers, in European combined cycle testing the car delivers up to 52 mpg. We’d say that makes BMW’s claims of 40 mpg in more stringent U.S. EPA testing sound reasonable.
Word is that the 328d sedan will share showroom space with a 328d Sport Wagon, too, although that car won’t be on display in New York.
The 328d Sport Wagon will get the same 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine found in the 328d sedan, so we’d expect similar fuel economy numbers.
Those living in Snow Belt states will even have the option of xDrive all-wheel drive on the 328d Sport Wagon, though we expect this will return slightly lower fuel economy than rear-drive variants.
BMW hasn’t given us an on-sale date for 328d models just yet, but production is rumored to begin in July.
Barring any unforeseen delays, we’d expect to see 2014 3-Series diesel models in dealer showrooms by the end of the year.
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