It seems that the US always gets screwed compared to the models that Europe and Japan get. This includes diesel vehicles which are finally starting to make a comeback here. By 2009 many of the world’s largest automakers will start selling their “clean” diesels in the US and you can now add BMW to that growing list.
BMW has revealed that it is going to import the 3.0L twin-turbo diesel engine into the US and Canada. Currently this engine is offered in Europe as the 335d, 535d and 635d and it is also offered in the X3 crossover. The 335d puts out 286 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque. It definitely isn’t slow! The same car also achieves a combined cycle of 35mpg compare that to the 300 horsepower 2008 335i which only achieves a combined cycle of 20mpg.
The only issue that worries BMW is the fact that the diesel engine is a $2,000-$3,000 premium over the regular gas powered versions. Is the extra gas mileage and power worth it?
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