Diesel Engines Remain in Next-Generation BMW 3 Series, X3: Report
BMW isn’t known for revolutionary design changes, so it likely won’t be hard to pick the upcoming 3 Series and X3 crossover out of a crowd of domestic and Japanese competitors. Nor will the models’ powerplants see a complete overhaul.
One somewhat surprising claim, given recent events, is that both next-generation models will retain a diesel option in the United States — and a new one, at that.
The claim comes by way of BMW Blog, which cites a Munich source with knowledge of the automaker’s product planning.
Currently, the BMW 328d packs a 180-horsepower diesel four-cylinder, while the X3, which is approved for the same mill, doesn’t currently list it as an option. The Munich source claims both models will receive the updated B47 version of BMW’s diesel family. That engine, also a 2.0-liter, should make 190 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The engine output isn’t the only change in store for the America-bound oil burners. BMW will apparently change the diesel 3 Series’ name to 330d, while the X3 will adopt the xDrive30d moniker.
Even after Volkswagen gave the already low-demand fuel a dirty stigma, BMW forged ahead with plans to bring new diesels to the U.S. The automaker had to wait in an approvals backlog before its 2017 models were approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency. A diesel version of the X5 is also sold on the U.S. market.
While there is no firm arrival date for the next-generation 3 Series and X3, media reports claim the sedan should appear next year as a 2019 model, while the X3 will be a 2018 model. Recently, it was revealed the automaker has a 2018 540d in store for America, packing a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel.
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