Late last year, some of BMW's future diesel plans for the US market were leaked, and we learned that a diesel-powered version of the 3 Series sedan (pictured above in 335i guise) would be coming in the first quarter of 2013. That report appears to be holding true, as BMW has just confirmed the debut of the oil-burning 328d sedan as part of the company's New York Auto Show plans.

The 328d will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine good for 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will hit 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds and fuel economy numbers could "well exceed" 40 miles per gallon. (Official EPA numbers will be released closer to the car's launch.)

Elsewhere on BMW's New York stand, the company will show off the 3 Series Gran Turismo that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, as well as the Concept Active Tourer that we first saw in Paris last fall. Scroll down for the official press blast.
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BMW Concept Active Tourer and BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to Make North American Debuts; Diesel-Powered BMW 328d to Make U.S. Debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27

BMW Enhances ConnectedDrive with Four Newly Approved BMW Apps and the Additions of BMW Assist eCall and TeleService as Standard in most 2014 models for 10 Years

BMW-Designed Team USA Bobsled to be Displayed


Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 14, 2013... Following BMW's pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility, BMW will introduce the Concept Active Tourer for the first time in North America at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 27th at the BMW stand from 11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan (655 W. 34th Street at 11th Avenue). The automaker will also feature two new additions to its award-winning 3 Series line-up, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the diesel-powered BMW 328d.

Offering a glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium compact segment, BMW introduces the Concept Active Tourer – a new plug-in hybrid concept which combines comfort and functionality with dynamics and style while showcasing several innovative solutions. Featuring an elongated wedge-shaped silhouette, athletic proportions and typical BMW lines, this concept car features a 3-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor which allows for nearly 95 mpg. The Concept Active Tourer will also feature a "Cool Shade" composite glass roof which uses "Suspended Particle Device" technology allowing the driver to make the roof crystal clear or darken with the touch of a button.

BMW first redefined the Gran Turismo segment with the BMW 5 Series GT by adding first-class seating for four with space for luggage – and now introduces the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Based on the iconic BMW 3 Series, a car that has appeared on "Car and Driver's" 10 Best list for 22 consecutive years, the 3 Series GT features a longer wheelbase, more rear seat room and flexible luggage space with an optional panoramic moonroof. The 3 Series GT will arrive in the U.S. this summer and will be available with either an award-winning TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder or inline 6-cylinder engine.

The diesel-powered BMW 328d will make its U.S. debut at this year's New York International Auto Show, joining the BMW 3 Series lineup and strengthening BMW's position as one of the country's most efficient automakers. The BMW 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, delivering 180 hp and an impressive 280 lb-ft of torque – propelling the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds while getting mileage that could well exceed 40 mpg (official US EPA estimates will be available closer to the launch of the 328d). With the hallmark performance of a BMW 3 Series and increased efficiency of a diesel engine, the BMW 328d will serve as the new benchmark in its class.

The slate of approved BMW Apps will expand to include new partnerships. Through these partnerships drivers will soon be able to listen to their favorite audiobooks read aloud, or share their location with friends and family. Music and radio fans will enjoy new functionality in their BMW via their mobile device.

BMW vehicle amenities will for the first time include a 4G LTE mobile hotspot accessory that connects with the car's antenna to provide blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds inside the car for devices such as laptops, iPad and smartphones.

BMW will also announce that, beginning later this year, most 2014 models will feature BMW Assist eCall emergency call service for 10 years as standard equipment as well as TeleService, which tracks vehicle maintenance needs and automatically alerts the driver and local dealer. BMW Assist eCall includes enhanced automatic collision notification that not only places an automatic call in the case of a collision but also, through a ground-breaking algorithm co-developed with the William Lehman Injury Research Center, can send an assessment of the likelihood of severe injury in order to better prepare first responders.

Also featured on the BMW stand will be the BMW designed two-man bobsled developed in collaboration with the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF). BMW of North America is the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and has applied its world-class design expertise – namely the application of BMW EfficientDynamics – to pair intelligent lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, with optimized aerodynamics to design the new sled. BMW hopes to help Team USA win its first Olympic gold medal in two-man men's bobsled since 1936.


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      timber
      • 1 Year Ago
      This seems like the European 320d
        mkM3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @timber
        That's because it is. The 328d badge allows them to price it like a 328i, and market it as a more fuel efficient alternative for the same cash. It is an easier sell on the US than trying to get people to pay for a 320d with a big premium over the 320i.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      We go from begging for diesels, to suddenly having 4 new diesel sedans dumped onto our market - Cruze, Mazda 6, Audi A4, BMW 3-series. I hope they don\'t saturate the diesel sedan segment, cannibalize each other\'s sales, and then turn arounnd and declare \"see? we knew it! diesels dont sell in America!\" They should have spred their bets and put their diesel engines into say, CUV\'s, minivans, compact pickups, etc, instead of all piling onto the midsize sedan segment.
        k.naz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Said cars are in the C segment, also known as compact cars. Midsize sedans are the 5 series, E Klasse, A6, CTS etc. My 2ยข.
          May
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          Cruze bigger than A4? I don't think so.
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k.naz
          In the USA it is determined by interior volume (including trunk space). According to the EPA, Cruze, Mazda 6, are midsize. A4, BMW 3 have less interior volume and are considered compact.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        I would LOVE to see a Ford Ranger with this type of engine. 180hp / 260 torque would be a hell of a good work truck. Probably 34=35mpg combined fuel economy then as well. WTF - meanwhile we are stuck with these bohemoth F150/Silverado/Ram that get 1 mpg more each 5 years.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty nuts but back in 2010 I actually test drove a 335D and would have owned it if they offered AWD option. RWD up here in Pennsylvania and having to drive for work in all kinds of weather I couldn't take the chance. So I ended up with a Prius (still love it for what it is and it's paid SO much back in the mileage deduction). Hopefully BMW realizes that they need to have the xdrive option on their diesels!
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @graphikzking
        Pretty sure the 335d didn't come with AWD as an option for two reasons: 1 - BMW was gauging market demand for its first diesel sedan (in the US) since the early 1980's and, 2 - the 335d puts down a lot of torque. I don't know whether BMW had an AWD system that would not have to be specially retrofitted to accomodate the smaller E90 chassis (at that time) but one did/does exist for the 5-series (on the spectacular M550dx).
          May
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jason32379
          Of course they have such strong 4x4 system, in Europe xDrive is offered with most engines including 3.0l diesel.
          BarryH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jason32379
          Just because BMW sells XI versions, that doesn't mean their AWD system is good. Or even decent. Just sayin...
      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shocker...finally bringing a realistic diesel, instead of the overpowered/overpriced/under-efficient 335d.
      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really wanted to upgrade from my Jetta TDI to a 335d, but it made no sense as to why BMW would put a 3.0 liter twin turbo charged diesel engine in a small sedan. This to me makes a lot more sense. Wish they would put one in a coupe as well. The new 3er is not the prettiest thing around....
        PJPHughes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        Did you ever drive a 335d? I have a \'10 and it\'s the best car I\'ve ever owned. 0-60 in 5.3 secs and 36+mpg highway. What other car can do that? That being said, this new 2 liter does make a lot more sense....although it will be hard to trade in 425lb/ft of torque....
      A A
      • 1 Year Ago
      7.2 seconds ... which is probably more like 8~ seconds ... are they kidding?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A A
        Not out of the realm, the 184 HP/185 LB/FT Mazda6 just pulled out a 7.4 0-60 for Motortrend. Probably typical BMW under rating happening though, 190-200 HP likely.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A A
        European 320d (184hp) does 0-62 in 7,6s. So low 7 in 0-60 is absolutly possible.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm confused why this is a 'debut' instead of an 'announcement'. The diesel car is going to look just like their gasoline cars, except with a 'd' badge. I guess I don't blame BMW for wanting to make it a show -- but who is fooled into thinking there's anything to see? We know the car, we know the engine, we even know what numbers they'll glue on it.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Adam
        • 1 Year Ago
        have you ever driven a TDI manual? I drive one on a regular basis and manuals on these cars is terrible. I would take an auto in a diesel anyday.
          PeterScott
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Adam
          I always thought the Diesel power curve is less suited to manual transmissions.
          ChrisH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Adam
          having had a manual in a Golf TDI I had ZERO issues, in fact I cannot imagine wanting a DSG or similar. Simply put, once rolling I could it geared in a higher gear and be fine far easier than the autos would. The only issue I ever had is that off the line the VW TDI is a bit stall prone but you quickly learn how to get around that.
          Adam
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Adam
          And yes TDI is a VW but with the power curve on the Diesels from both vw and bmw they just do not perform well when setup that way.
        BRKF06
        • 1 Year Ago
        I've had 4 3 series BMWs and all of them with the manual. At this point I must admit, BMW's manuals just suck. They're not Honda smooth. If they have a DSG available for my next car, I'll go that way. And no, I don't drive in traffic and my commute is less than 10 minutes on backroads with little traffic. BMW's manuals are always vague and notchy.
          k.naz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BRKF06
          Manuals just depend on the car and the driver itself. The way one shifts say a lot about them. I currently drive an F10 with the 8 speed box, and despite it being butter smooth, you can still feel a little jerk between 1-2, but alas, it was available with a manual :(
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BRKF06
          Mine isn't vague and the only notchy part is the 1-2 shift. Maybe you needed to do the CDV mod/delete to remove the vagueness. Sure Honda has a nice shifter, but the combined handling/poise/manual combo of a real Bimmer can't be beat.
          BG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BRKF06
          Odd, I have never had any trouble with manual transmissions in BMWs The old 5-speed in my 1981 is the most fun.
          raktmn
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BRKF06
          +1 on the CDV mod/delete. That is the only way to go.
          BarryH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BRKF06
          Agreed. Many BMWs in our house and consistently their manuals blow. Only thing worse is the quality of engineering. Thankfully they at least are nice at the dealers. Can't say the same about Audi - bad quality and awful service.
      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well there is my next car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Chase
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just like 34 mpg on the 328i ... probably not going to happen. People are averaging 24.7 mpg on fuelly: http://www.fuelly.com/car/bmw/328i/2013
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chase
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          Chase
          • 1 Year Ago
          Neither is over 40 mpg. The combined rating is 26 on the 328i, but if you take a look through fuelly, there are plenty of cars that well exceed (did you catch that?) their EPA combined.
          Felspawn
          • 1 Year Ago
          Shitty website is shitty, i dont buy those numbers at all
          GYD
          • 1 Year Ago
          I`m getting easily 40 MPG on my 328I city around 24 mpg i guess depending how you drive
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chase
        I average 35 on the highway, and so far 29 MPG overall on mine, and it is not yet past the break-in period. I would have to seriously abuse this car, or keep it in sport mode all of the time, to "achieve' the
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chase
        People drive these things like ass hats and expect to get 34 MPG?
        BRKF06
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chase
        The '13 328i will easily get 34 MPG on a freeway drive. Around town driven hard 25 all day.
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