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BMW Shows First Four-Cylinder Diesel 3-Series

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The first four-cylinder diesel engine that BMW will be selling in America will be available in the 2014 BMW 328d. The new model was on hand at this week’s New York Auto Show, although some details remain vague, including pricing and official fuel economy estimates.

According to the New York Times, the new 328d delivers 45 mpg on the highway and is likely to hit the mid-30s in the city. That’s thanks to a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged and direct injected engine producing 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Naturally, BMW promises that the new engine will balance performance and fuel economy equally.

“It’s an authentic ultimate driving machine, but also very, very efficient,” said Ludwig Willisch, chief executive of BMW of North America. “It fits well into today’s market situation.”

This new model will also be available with every option and trim currently available with other 3-Series models (with the exception of a manual transmission). Although pricing isn’t official yet, it’s likely to come in under $40,000.

The 2014 BMW 328d is slated to arrived in showrooms later this year. BMW has also confirmed that all-new six-cylinder turbodiesel engines will soon make their way into the  5-Series and X5 models.

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