According to a number of reports, BMW has given up on diesel power for the 3 Series in the United States. Why would BMW turn its back on the torquey and efficient 335d? The reason is supposedly two-fold. It's no secret the automaker is bringing an ActiveHybrid 3 Series to market in the fall of this year. Given America's insatiable, if not illogical, thirst for hybrids, reason would have us believe BMW has switched sides in the diesel versus hybrid fight. Then there's the fact that the turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine in F30 328i now nearly matches the outgoing 335d in both efficiency and power. Those circumstances seem to be a curtain call for any return of the 335d in America.

When we spoke to BMW about the supposed demise of the 335d, the automaker made it clear the ActiveHybrid 3 Series is in no way meant to replace the diesel. While the automaker doesn't plan to release a new 335d during 2012, the company is currently evaluating the case for a successor. Odds are, that means finding a way to make the vehicle a worthwhile investment for both consumers and the automaker.

When asked if that meant a turbo 2.0-liter diesel was an option, Tom Plucinsky, BMW product communications manager, said, "The F30 328i has the same EPA rating as the 335d. We need to up our game if we're going to continue to offer a 3 Series diesel in the U.S. It's a possibility."

So, don't go throwing dirt on the 3 Series diesel's coffin just yet.


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      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      "America's insatiable, if not illogical, thirst for hybrids" What on earth are you talking about? Aside from the Prius, none of the other hybrids on the market even crack 3000 a month. The Prius by itself outsells all other hybrid models combined by a good margin.
      emperor koku
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sad part is that there is a "fight" between hybrids and diesels to begin with. And the automotive media just encourages it. Let us have both and make our choice.
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder when Dan Fredrickson is going to come into the comments with a cake and a smug smile...
      Latchezar
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is said that every people has the Government it deserves...... and the cars it drives....
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      36mpg for the new F30 328i. Why can't a US 320d get 45-50? Come on BMW.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        If they'd send one our way, it probably would. Or scratch that, real-world drivers would achieve 45-50mpg, but the EPA woudl say it achieves 35mpg hwy, as is true of most diesels.
      Lou
      • 2 Years Ago
      116d :(
      gibigibilaro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey guys I love the BMW, I have owned 5 series, Z3 and 335i. What you need to start working on with passion is getting the vehicles in the top 5 or 10 in overall reliability which they are not currently doing. Infiniti and even Scion are there and BMW needs to improve in this area. Consumer Reports does not grade very highly for BMW reliablity. I think folks that are long time BMW owners are going to start considering other vehicles if this is not addressed and soon.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid. The 335D was not the diesel we should have got in the first place...at nearly $50K it was overpriced for its class. There should be a new diesel option from the numerous choices they get in Europe...the 325D would be the perfect blend of power and high efficiency (over 40mpg). Don't shun diesel BMW, you have a following, just bring us the diesel we want and price it near the 328i
      rrss2lwb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm, I have a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300 TDTurbo that has over 335,000 miles on it and is ready for another 200,000 at least. My 1989 Volvo 240 DL has 260,000 and counting. What's up with this low milage new engine trash. I would NEVER own a BMTroubleYou.
        k535panther
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rrss2lwb
        I have a 1993 and a 1994 525it. both with well over 200k on the clock. They have both been reliable, and have not given me any trouble, just routine maintenance. plus they are very unique, every day someone offers to buy one of them. I will never sell either. I have been a long time BMW owner, but I do not like the direction the company has taken, also all of the new ones look the same. Somewhere along the way BMW lost it's soul. I'll take the old ones, particularly the e34 any day of the week.
      k535panther
      • 2 Years Ago
      To JD, I don't know what suburb you are in In Chicago, but where I am it's 3.49. What burb are you in?
        JD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k535panther
        Are you seeing premium at 3.49? Is so please let me know where.
        JD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k535panther
        elmhurst. Sorry it's 3.94 for premium and 3.64 for regular. And 3.99 for diesel.
      sprayingmango
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW makes such a dizzying array of cars, does anyone care anymore? They like to come off as a premium brand, but their interiors are some of the most boring in the industry and when your brand is so dilluted...it's no longer relevant.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sprayingmango
        Dizzying array of cars? I think you are talking about Mercedes. BMW makes four chassis each with a variety of engine and interior options. Mercedes makes like (I don't feel like counting them) three times chassis and usually has the same number of engine options.
        ChrisTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sprayingmango
        And that's why they report sales record after sales record, right?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        NO KIDDING.......god forbid this site would not be distorted in any way but just give a news story.
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