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BMW 328d Makes Official NYIAS Debut

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BMW 328d Debuts at NYIAS

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Remember how we told you the BMW 328d would make its debut at the New York International Auto Show? Well, it did this week. And BMW is being more specific about expected performance and fuel efficiency numbers.

According to the press release from BMW, the 328d’s engine will be a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged diesel good for 180 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque. BMW said it expects the car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just over 7 seconds. That’s impressive performance for a diesel, at least in the minds of many Americans whose last run-in with a diesel-powered passenger car was an ’80s VW Rabbit. The BMW 328d’s fat daub of torque comes on as low as 1,750 RPM, helping thrust the car to cruising speed without hesitation, the release said. Also helping is its eight-speed automatic transmission.

More importantly, the release got more specific than BMW’s previous statements about the 328d when it comes to expected fuel economy figures.

“Preliminary highway fuel economy estimates are expected to be 45 MPG,” it said. More specifically, “Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the rear wheel drive 328d Sedan are 32 MPG city/45 MPG highway/37 MPG combined.”

In a nod to ever-stricter emissions regulations, BMW said the 328d will be equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction, a system that injects a urea solution into the exhaust to cut down on nitrogen oxide emissions. This system will require periodic filling of an auxiliary reservoir that holds the urea solution, though we aren’t sure how often it will need to be refilled.

The BMW 328d will be available in the traditional rear-wheel drive layout as well as with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system in both sedan and wagon variants– the xDrive-equipped model is the only wagon version we’ll get in the States. BMW said it expects to begin selling the diesel-powered 328 in U.S. showrooms this fall.

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