After years of speculations and rumors, BMW has finally announced the introduction of a new diesel engine for the North American market. At a press event in Munich, the company confirmed that a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine will arrive on this side of the pond in the feature. The Munich-based automaker refrained to comment on what models will be powered by the highly-efficient diesel, but if our guesses are reasonably accurate then we should see a 320d or 325d in the future.
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The N47 TwinPower oil burner produces 184 bhp and 380 Nm (280 lb ft) and currently powers the 320d model in Europe and is rated at 52 MPG.
Along with the four-cylinder diesel, BMW will also add a new 3.0 liter six-cylinder diesel unit to its fleet. The all-new engine will replace the unit found in the current X5 xDrive35d model and previously offered in the 335d Sedan. The engine is expected to output 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque between 1500-3000 rpm. We believe the powerful diesel will make its way into the 335d and X5 35d models.
Previous generation E90 335d was rated at 29 MPG, while the outgoing X5 xDrive35d diesel is rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway.
Currently Audi offers a four-cylinder diesel in their A3 TDI, while Mercedes-Benz may sell four-cylinder diesel engines in a handful of U.S.-spec cars in the near future. The Stuttgart-based automaker currently offers a 3.0 liter oil burner in their E350 BlueTec model.
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