Geneva '08 Preview: BMW launches 44mpg 320d convertible, for Europe only!

At the Geneva Motor Show next month BMW will unveil another new car that American drivers won't be able to get their hands on. The new 320d convertible will hit the streets right after the show and its mileage will put most cars available to American drivers to shame. The 320d gets a 2.0L single turbo four cylinder diesel with 177hp and 258lb-ft of torque. That's enough to push the 320d to 62mph in a more-than-adequate 8.6 seconds. The most impressive aspect of the 320d is the 44.3mpg (U.S.) that it achieves on the EU combined cycle while emitting only 140g/km of carbon dioxide. Helping ot achieve those numbers is automatic stop-start on the manual transmission models and particulate filters on all examples. As sweet an engine as the 3.0L six cylinder diesel in the upcoming US 335d is, this is the one we should really be getting. Hopefully if the 335d proves popular, BMW will consider bringing the four-cylinder diesel here.

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The new BMW 320d Convertible and BMW 125i Coupé

BMW UK has announced additions to the 3 Series Convertible and 1 Series Coupé ranges. The new BMW 320d Convertible and 125i Coupé will receive their world debuts at the Geneva Motorshow in March alongside an EfficientDynamics concept car and a raft of other new models.

Highlight of the BMW stand at the Geneva Motorshow will be a concept car showcasing the outlook and future direction of BMW's innovative EfficientDynamics programme. It will appear alongside the worldwide debut for the forthcoming BMW M3 Convertible with M Double Clutch Transmission. The new BMW X6 and 1 Series Convertible also make their European debuts.

The new BMW 320d Convertible
Following the announcement of the new BMW M3 Convertible at one extreme of the open-top car spectrum, BMW introduces of the most frugal Convertible in the 3 Series range, the 320d. Available in both SE and M Sport guises, the new 320d uses the same 1,995 cc engine from other 320d models in the 3 Series range to offer 177hp and 350Nm of torque.

This single-turbocharged two-litre diesel engine propels the 320d Convertible from zero to 62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph. EfficientDynamics plays a part in the car's performance with stop-start technology on manual cars, a second-generation common-rail injection engine, and a Diesel Particulate Filter fitted as standard. These technologies ensure that the new 320d Convertible is BMW's most frugal open-topped 3 Series, delivering an impressive 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 140g/km.

The 320d SE Convertible is priced at £33,110 OTR with the M Sport model priced at £35,735 OTR. Both models go on sale in March 2008.

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