Back in July, we told you that BMW would be bringing a pair of new diesel engines to the US market in the near future, and thanks to the folks at VWVortex.com, we might just have a clearer view of exactly how those new oil-burning mills might fit into the automaker's lineup.

One intrepid forum member obtained a photo of a slide being shown during a BMW North America meeting, listing specific models set to receive diesel engines in the coming years. If true, it appears that the 3 Series sedan and sport wagon will both be offered with diesel power in the first and second half of 2013, respectively. Also on deck for next year is a 5 Series diesel, reportedly slated to launch in the third quarter, as well as an X5 diesel that will arrive in Q4 2013. Looking ahead to 2014, the slide shows that both the 7 Series and X3 will be offered with diesel engines. Both of those models will come in the first half of 2014.

BMW currently offers the X5 with a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six in the xDrive35d model, and before the F30 3 Series arrived earlier this year, the automaker offered this same engine in its well-liked 335d sedan.

The two engines BMW will be bringing to our shores are a new 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four and 3.0-liter turbo-diesel six. Our best guess is that the 3 Series, 5 Series and X3 will receive the smaller mill, estimated to produce roughly 255 horsepower and an unknown amount of torque. The 7 Series and X5 will likely rely on the larger 3.0-liter six for torque-tastic grunt. Expect eight-speed automatic transmissions to be on hand across the board, as well.


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      KingTito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sign me up for the wagon. Need to have one or the other or both - AWD, manual transmission. I
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully the price premium for the diesel won't be too much higher than the gas versions.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
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      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great news! Now if BMW would cut weight on their vehicles...
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        they are heavily investing in carbon fiber to reduce weight of future products, this is not new news
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome news! That 3 Series diesel wagon sounds just about perfect. If they add AWD to it I'm sold.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
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      gaiusbaltarpetronius
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love my 335d!
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring the 123d coupe!
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raktmn
        Had the pleasure of driving the 123d hatch for a week. 2.0l twin-turbo 210BHP/ 500Nm (sorry, don't know the medieval pound feet conversion)......a bona fide weapon in absolutely any situation!
      Ethan Schmitt
      • 2 Years Ago
      note to all autoblog editor. no longer allow your journalists to use the term oil-burner for a diesel engine. its annoying. also stop synonyms for engine, mill is also very annoying.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ethan Schmitt
        Why is it annoying? Diesel is an oil. I can sort of agree with the use of 'mill' being a tired cliche, but oil-burner is a factual description. It's not anyone trying to be clever.
      Michael P
      • 2 Years Ago
      "What I was really looking for was an AWD diesel commuter vehicle, which doesn't exist in the U.S." You and about 15 million other americans... all waiting for same thing - an AWD diesel that ISN'T a full-size truck. Subaru, Mazda, BMW, VW all sell AWD diesel cars/XSUVs elsewhere, but not the US. The first to fill the void here will be rewarded with 15 years worth of pent-up demand...
        L1011
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael P
        I completely agree. I cannot understand how the marketing people at car companies cannot "sell" the idea of an AWD commuter CAR (preferably not an SUV, but that would be OK too) in the U.S. to executive management. I live in New England and we get a lot of snow. My commute is 40 miles each way. A TDI AWD A3 would have been absolutely perfect for me (car + the practicality of a hatchback + AWD + awesome gas mileage) but Audi refused to offer AWD on the TDI model. VW committed the same sin with the Tiguan. There are a lot of people (several million, at least, I suspect) in my situation. How can car companies not see the potential?? I was really hoping Subaru would have offered a diesel in their new XV but no dice. I waited and waited and waited as long as I could for Mazda to introduce the CX-5 diesel, but they're taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R to announce Sky-D in the U.S. The market potential for an AWD commuter CAR is HUGE...how can they not see this?
          L1011
          • 2 Years Ago
          @L1011
          Darn you AB, we need an EDIT BUTTON!!! I mistyped my previous post. It should read "The market potential for an awd DIESEL commuter car is huge....."
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael P
        15 million?! Where did you get this figure? I find it hard to believe that 5% of US people (all people, not just driving, vehicle-buying people) want to buy an AWD diesel vehicle. That's preposterous, even. If you said 15 million people want to buy an efficient vehicle, or even a powerful vehicle, I could buy that -- but diesel is far from the only way to help satisfy those consumer preferences.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 3 series sportwagon with diesel! Just beautiful!
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad the price of diesel is higher than premium here in MA.
        Craigg Turner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        yea but the mileage is way better so...
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Craigg Turner
          @ Mike: Again, bad at math. Yes, diesels will cost a few thousand dollars more, just like hybrids do (actually many hybrids charge an even higher premium). Based on the expected annual fuel cost for most diesels vs. their gasoline counterparts, that cost can be made up in a few years. Can't always say the same for a hybrid.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Craigg Turner
          Yup, people who constantly claim that are just bad at math. Diesel would have to be about 20-25% higher than gasoline in order to no longer make sense. In virtually all of the country, the difference is usually half that. For instance, looking at the current national average fuel prices as of 11/5/2012, gasoline (Regular Unleaded) is at $3.492/gal. while diesel is $4.01/gal. This is a difference of $0.518/gal which makes diesel 14.8% more expensive than gasoline. This is on the higher end, however it's completely predictable since diesel fuel is generally more expensive in winter while gasoline prices fall in winter. So, the price differences will be most evident during the colder months. It should also be noted that while gasoline prices are falling, diesel prices are as well, just not at the same rate, partly for the reasons I mentioned above. Gasoline will likely bottom out in the next few weeks though.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Yes/no for the premium. VW seems sells (or at least used to sell) the tdi with more features than the base model, and BMW likes to sell powerful diesel engines (more so than base models). So on top of better MPG, you're getting *more*, though that's a little harder to quantify. It still won't make sense if you're just short term leasing a car if you're thinking of saving money over all if that's what you're getting at.
      HZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      255 hp from a 2.0 liter ?? I don't think so :)
        mitytitywhitey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HZ
        The 320d in the UK gets 184. The 330d gets the 255 HP.
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        @HZ
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          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          Have you seen BMW's current diesel figures? In the 3, their 2.0 non-turbo diesel gets between 114hp and 181hp. 74hp (or 141hp!) gain would be pretty surprising for a non-performance model.
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