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BMW 335d in the final testing stage

3-Series | July 9th, 2008 by 3

Earlier this year, we exclusively announced that the BMW 335d will be launching in the U.S in mid October. A few months later, an internet …

Earlier this year, we exclusively announced that the BMW 335d will be launching in the U.S in mid October. A few months later, an internet rumor was going around about the possibility of a delay and the 335d's launch being pushed back to December. 

The recent spy photos show the 3 Series diesel being almost ready for the scheduled launch in the Fall. One of our sources confirmed that nothing has changed in the inital BMW's plans and that we will most likely see the car in October. We're waiting for a second source to confirm this though.

Our dear friends at Jalopnik had someone confirming the fall launch, so all the bimmer fans might actually see their dream come true: the first BMW 3 Series diesel in the U.S.  Another interesting fact about the U.S version of the 335d is that it will have less ponies and torque, compared to the European version: 265hp vs 282 and 425 lb-ft vs 428 lb-ft.

BMW will use twin turbochargers–a small, low-pressure turbo to aid low-end acceleration and a more potent turbo to help at higher engine speeds. The 335d is expected to go from 0-60 to in 6.2 sec and the fuel consumption to be around 28 MPG combined.

In the mean time, the fellows at KGP Photography managed to snap some new photos of it.

[Source Jalopnik vis Bimmerpost ]

BMW 335d in the final testing stage

BMW 335d in the final testing stage

BMW 335d in the final testing stage

BMW 335d in the final testing stage

BMW 335d in the final testing stage

  • http://bangledbimmer.blogspot.com Bangled

    I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 335d ever since it was announced. However, in the time that has since transpired the cost of diesel has skyrocketed past that of even premium gas. The modest increase in economy over the 335i means total cost per mile will be more for the 335d. Unless that equation changes dramatically before the diesel’s American debut it will be a flop. Those that make their own biodiesel, however, will be undeterred. This car is perfect for the DIY crowd.

    No doubt the bean counters at BMW have figured this out and may be hedging their bets with a delayed launch allowing more time for a potential correction in the cost of diesel relative to gas in the USA. Hindsight being 20/20 it might have been better for BMW to bring over the more efficient 320d. If they were concerned about sullying their hard earned luxury image in North America they could have imported the Aplina D3 Biturbo!

  • Horatiu B.

    @Bangled: I was a little surprised also at the low MPG, I expected to be way better.

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