Despite showing off the new 328d sedan in New Jersey yesterday, BMW though it only fair to bring the first four-cylinder diesel it will ever sell in the US to the New York Auto Show today as well. Unfortunately, the company remains vague about pertinent details like fuel economy and price, but we did hear again that the oil-burner will be capable of getting 45 miles per gallon on the highway. BMW's Oliver Ganser told AutoblogGreen, "We do not want to give out" the city or combined mpg ratings quite yet, but The New York Times got someone to estimate a fuel economy of mid-30s in the city.

The two-liter TwinPower turbocharged and direct injected engine and eight-speed automatic transmission (sorry, no manual will be available) put out 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and should get the 328d up to 60 miles per hour in just over seven seconds. As we noted earlier, the 328d will be available with every option and trim level – like all-wheel drive – that other 3 Series models have in the US (transmission excepted) and should start at under $40,000 when it goes on sale this fall.

Officially, the 328d will be able to accept biodiesel blends up to B5 (or, just maybe B7), which is standard diesel with five (seven) percent biofuel. Read more about that and other aspects of the 328d here.
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BMW 328d Sedan Debuts at New York International Auto Show
  • Ushers in next wave of BMW Advanced Diesel models in the US
  • 45 mpg preliminary estimate for highway fuel economy*
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 29, 2013... BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the New York International Auto, ushering in the next wave of BMW Advanced Diesel models in the US. The 328d will feature BMW's 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in just over seven seconds. Preliminary highway fuel economy estimates are expected to be 45 mpg. The 328d Sedan will be available in rear wheel drive and also with xDrive, BMW's advanced all-wheel drive system. The sedans will be joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. All Three variants will arrive in US showroom as 2014 models in fall of 2013.

BMW Advanced diesel models have already shown to US enthusiasts that diesel power can be perfectly suited to The Ultimate Driving MachineTM. With the introduction of the first 4-cylinder diesel BMW engine offered in the US, BMW Advanced Diesel power and particularly outstanding levels of torque and outstanding fuel efficiency. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the rear wheel drive 328d Sedan are 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/37 mpg combined*. BMW Advanced Diesel technology includes Selective Catalyst Reduction to make the new 328d models true clean diesels.

Levels of performance and luxury expected of any BMW 3 Series will be ensured with levels of standard equipment on par with the 328i gasoline models. The options list will include Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines as well as M Sport.

Detailed specifications and pricing will be available closer to launch. All three 328d variants will be available in US showrooms this fall.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 116 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.


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      Old Man Spence
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not quite as "cool" as the 335d, but appears to me much more efficient...which I guess is the point of the diesel option.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad there are more diesel options coming stateside.
      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So where is the 328d Sports Wagon?
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bleexeo
        You know BMW, they'll put it in the 3GT... then wait 2 years until everyone who wants a wagon left the brand, then release it.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      the hood cut lines are horrible, i just cant get past them
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about freaking time!!!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is much more like it, hopefully the diesel makes its way to the Wagon soon and I'd love to put it in my driveway, no manual required!
      Daniel Moore
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 528d of 1985 would actually be the first 4cyl diesel but w/e
      Zameer Mohammed
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the UK the Bmw 325d has more power 218hp from twin turbo twinpower set up.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      "2014 BMW 328d ready to burn oil in just four cylinders" *claps* Wow AB, thanks for the ignorance. Perhaps you should leave the green smugness over in the appropriate section of the site. Besides, even if it was the case(not with newer diesel engine efficiency), i'd rather burn thru a little bit more oil than have to deal with battery replacements down the line during an extended ownership.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The title made perfect sense to me; the last 3-series diesel (335d) burned oil (diesel fuel) in six cylinders, this one burns it in four. I'm surprised you hadn't heard diesel motors referred to as "oil burners", as it's a pretty common phrase.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Umm, diesel have always been called oil burners because diesel fuel is kind of like oil. Heck, it's even called diesel fuel oil. It's not because they burn oil in the sense that you think. Chill bro, get that chip off your shoulder, they aren't calling it down.
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        redgpgtp97
        • 1 Year Ago
        You could always buy a VW jetta, lol.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        Also, the fact that you seem to think a manual transmission fixes everything proves how much of a deluded fruitcake you are. When CAR & DRIVER (who have long been accused of being on BMW's payroll) says that a manual doesn't fix the new M5, I'm inclined to believe them over the rantings of someone who thinks that because the Corolla sells 300k a year, its a good car (spoiler: it isn't).
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Hey, at least you can turn the DSC off all the way this time (in the E60 M5, the manual was yanked wholesale from the E39 car and as a result was not suited to the power and engines speeds of the V10, hence why they made it so that the DSC on E60 manuals couldn't be turned all the way off).
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