BMW Diesel Plans Leaked
BMW's North American customers will have a few more diesel engine options, according to recently leaked information. Featured on the online vwvortex forum, a photo shows a slide projecting the German automaker's upcoming diesel plans. Presumably captured with a cell phone camera, the image lists which cars are going to get diesel powered engine options—six models in total—and when. It appears the 3 Series Sedan will be the first to receive a diesel in the first half of 2013, and the 3 Series Sport Wagon will follow in the second-half of the year. The larger 5 Series will adopt the powertrain in the third quarter of next year, and the X5 SUV will be the final model to get one to close out the year. 2014 will see both the X3 crossover and the flagship 7 Series adopt new diesel engines. BMW had previously said they would bring two new diesel engines—a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter six cylinder—to these shores. The engines get 180 hp, and 255 hp respectively. While BMW hasn't officially said which models will receive the specific engines, we believe the smaller 2.0-liter diesel will make its way in to the 3 Series models, and the X3. The larger 3.0-liter diesel engine will likely power the X5 and 7 Series, with both engines being a possibility on the 5 Series, depending on model and trim. Despite cars being more fuel efficient than ever, automakers are continually experimenting with powertrain options, and trying to figure out which fuel-efficient options Americans prefer. Japanese automakers such as Toyota have had success with hybrid powertrains, and have introduced plug-in hybrids as well. The Volkswagen Group has championed diesel, and both Audi and Volkswagen feature diesel engines on many popular models. Source: vwvortex
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