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.