Bmw to offer four- and six-cylinder diesel engines in the U.S

Article by Christian A., on July 16, 2012

Diesel-engine fans would be glad to know that BMW announced that within the next 12 months, it will offer four- and six-cylinder diesel engines to the U.S. In addition, it’s highly probable that the diesel engine would return to the 3 Series range. When the 335d sedan was discontinued, what was left of BMW’s diesel efforts was just the X5 model line.

On Twitter, Automobile senior editor Jason Cammisa revealed that BMW will offer a 2.0-liter, single-turbo, inline-four-cylinder diesel engine that could deliver 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The U.S.-spec engine has the same output as the 2.0-liter I-4 turbodiesel used by the European-spec BMW 320d sedan and wagon.

BMW also announced that a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter diesel I-6 will join its U.S. powertrain portfolio within the same timeframe. Even if it seems to be similar to the engine used in the X5 xDrive35d and in the old 335d model, this is an entirely new engine. It comes from the family of the engine that powers the European 330d Touring model.

BMW has yet to finalize the specs for the U.S. market but it’s likely to deliver near to 255 hp, and a 413 lb-ft of torque between 1500-3000 rpm. It’s hoped that this engine would be available with a U.S.-market 3 Series since it could enable the 330d Touring to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds. BMW said that these two engines will be mated with eight-speed automatic transmissions, and use a urea-based selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system to comply with emissions standards.

BMW 3-Series Sedan is the original compact sports car and through the years, it has been the symbol of visual appeal, athletic ability and dynamism. Because of its bold and sleek lines, the 6th batch of the world's top selling car features the athletic attitude of BMW's midsize car.

Even if the latest BMW 3-Series has evolved in all proportions compared to its older brother, it keeps a perfect balance of style and sportiness. Like the previous ones before it, the car's active dimensions are displayed well by the short front overhang, sweeping bonnet, set-back greenhouse and long wheelbase which are default features of the BMW.

Stunning front end with accurate curves and all-around surfaces

The 3-Series' wedge-shaped shadow and its broader track (+ 37/47 mm at the front/rear) emphasize the athletic look of the latest BMW. By definitely highlighting the car's width, the all-around surfaces of the front end make the BMW 3-Series look sportier than before. A broad, stable take of the upright, somehow slanting BMW kidney grille underlines the built of the latest BMW.

LED lights that look like eyebrows at the top of stunning double headlamps with corona rings (if xenon headlamps are chosen) give an additional appeal to the traditional BMW appearance. The headlamps now stretch up to the kidney grille's frame, combining them together into a single unit, which is a new feature of the new 3-Series car--contributing emphasis to the vehicle's wide-set built.

The BMW 3-Series removes the central air intake of the former model and installs two bigger intakes, which are situated below the headlamps to the outer sides of the front end and add depth to the vehicle's athletic look. On the far right and left of the central ducts are little vertical intakes which produce the "Air Curtain". This new innovation enhances air flow around the front wheels, improving aerodynamic efficiency and cutting down fuel use at higher velocities.

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