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Get Ready for a Debuting Diesel BMW 3-Series

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BMW Concept Active Tourer

BMW says this, its Concept Active Tourer, will debut at the New York International Auto Show. (Photo courtesy BMW PressClub.)

The folks at BMW are letting it be known that the diesel-powered 328d will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

While the numbers 328 have previously graced some 3′ers sold in America, they’ve never been followed by the letter “d.” BMW claims the car will make 180 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque and should return fuel mileage “that could well exceed 40 MPG,” according to a BMW press release. However, the Bavarian automaker cautioned, “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 release boasted. It noted a claimed 7.2-second 0-60 time– moving right along for a diesel. For that, the Bimmer can thank TwinPower turbocharged engine technology.

Another 3′er is set to make its debut at the NYIAS as well: the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, which offers a longer wheelbase that nets more rear seat legroom and a flexible luggage space along with a panoramic sunroof.

Last, but certainly not least set to bow at the NYIAS is the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The full explanation of the model from BMW:

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.

The unveiling of the new models is slated for Wednesday, March 27.

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