Diesel-powered Bmw 3-Series (F30) expected to join the U.S. lineup

Article by Christian A., on November 21, 2011

BMW is busy with the launch of the volume versions of its all-new F30 3-series sedan but already, a diesel version is expected to join the U.S. lineup, a source says. The outgoing 3-series, which offers a torque of 425-lb-ft from its 3.0-liter diesel inline-six, had a 335d badge. It is offered just with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

Tests show that it can accelerate to 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds. Its sales were slow due to its price of $45,025 and its heftiness but it was seen to be a more cost-effective method for the company to offer a diesel 3 as this same engine was made to meet U.S. regulations to be used in the X5 xDrive35d.

It’s likely that the 3-series will have a diesel four-cylinder. It’s believed that BMW will offer a 2.0-liter engine, which delivers 181 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque in the recently presented European-spec 320d. It’s probable that BMW will also use it on additional models, such as the 5-series and X3.

However, the timing is unknown. It was a bit surprising that a diesel version intended for the U.S. wasn’t introduced with the others in the U.S. 3-series lineup, but it’s possible that its arrival was delayed to avoid taking the attention away from the new ActiveHybrid 3. The new-gen diesel 3 may arrive in the U.S. after about a year or maybe until the mid-cycle refresh set after three years or so.

BMW has been known to produce vehicles that don’t only look handsome but also has the sporting and dynamics you won’t find anywhere else. This is especially true for the BMW’s 3-Series. This sedan is the first ever to show off all the three amazing qualities in the same car category.

At present, the sophisticated and dynamic lines on the 6th generation look even more stunning with the sportier approach. BMW 3-Series has come a long way if we will put it side by side with the previously released midsize models. One of the major changes in the new BMW 3-Series is that it now has bigger dimensions. By all means, the sixth generation bears a sportier and more boyish appeal than ever before. The new model’s wider stance looks even more gorgeous with new kidney grille that slightly leans forward.

But just as always, the usual dynamic proportions are defined by the set-back greenhouse, long wheelbase, short overhangs and sweeping bonnet. It comes as no surprise how the stunning front end with precision design makes up most of its entire surface. The wedge shape contour for one, emphasises the brand’s aggressive new attitude on the road. Then we couldn’t help but take note of the +37mm(front)/47mm(rear) wider tracks.

BMW 3-Series’ headlights have extended to the grille frame for a highly unique styling approach. Aside from the optional Xenon bulbs, it has the very attractive eyebrow LED accents just above the two amazing headlights with crown rings. This time, BMW finally replaced the central air intakes with a pair of big ones. These are placed under the headlamps for a more dramatic effect up front.

If there’s anything more to say about its efficiency, it certainly has to do with the Air curtains. So how does it work? BMW’s Air Curtain provides better airflow with the use of smaller vertical inlets coming from the main air ducts. This Air Curtain technology generates sufficient airflow around the front wheels to deliver unmatched fuel economy and superior aerodynamics.

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