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.