BMW, Audi Ready Entry-Level Diesels
Fans of the old BMW 335d won’t have to wait much longer for an all-new 3-Series diesel. On the other hand, Audi lovers will have to sit tight for an A4 diesel.
The next generation A4 will herald the fifth TDI in Audi’s lineup, when it launches with a 2.0L diesel engine for the 2015 model year. Rather than go with a two-year sales window for a current generation A4 TDI, Audi decided to wait until the next generation car and avoid the substantial homologation costs. The 3.0L V6 TDI was also nixed for similar reasons.
Luckily, BMW fans will get to see the new 328d at the New York Auto Show in two weeks time. Producing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft, the 328d will be available as a wagon, but no manual transmission has been confirmed. The previous 335d was offered only as an automatic.
The pic of the 3er wagon makes it's windows look almost normal sized instead of the silly gun slits in the prior 3
I hate you BMW. I rented the 320d (e90) for a week in Germany last year. I loved the car and wanted one. The 335d was out of production so now I have two years to go on my TDi lease. I hate you BMW.
Fans of the old 335d rarely include owners. Christmas before last, a BMW tech whose palace I was hanging out at told me the US models are given to catastrophic failures. Our combination of biodiesel and constant emissions reduction creep make diesel cars a very bad idea.
I drove a BMW 118xd in Germany last fall..nice roomy compact with great diesel fuel economy...would have been better, save for autobahn speeds..