A veritable onslaught of diesel cars is primed to arrive in the U.S., where gasoline is king. Among other oil burners slated to hit dealerships in the near future is the BMW 320d, a slightly economical entry from the 3 series range in Europe.
Old diesel out, BMW 320d is in
Not long ago, according to Automobile magazine, BMW axed the 335d, the diesel variant of the top 3 series trim. It wasn’t just pulled from the U.S., where few buy diesels; it was pulled entirely. The company still makes plenty of oil-burners, but no 3 series diesels are being produced for the U.S.
However, there is some good news. BMW has given the green light to a new diesel model for the American market. They are going to start shipping the BMW 320d, though the company hasn’t said when. BMW has, according to AutoGuide, confirmed 2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel for the U.S., likely the 180-horsepower unit the 320d gets in Europe. It also isn’t known whether it’s going to be arriving as a sedan or station wagon.
More diesels on the way
BMW is also, according to Automobile, going to sell cars with its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel as well, so more is coming from them. One of the company’s other brands, Mini, according to AutoBlog, is currently mulling whether or not to start selling diesel models in the U.S.
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They aren’t the only ones planning more oil-burners. According to MotorTrend, Chrysler filed for a patent on the name “EcoDiesel” recently, which MotorTrend reports is likely the name for a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine, specificially the one slated for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 pickup.
According to MSN, other diesels in the pipeline include the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne and a new Passat TDI by Volkswagen, the company that sells more diesel cars than any other in the U.S. Some more upcoming oil-burners, according to AutoGuide, include the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec, a diesel Cadillac ATS at some point and sometime in the near future, a range of Mazda SkyActiv diesels as well.
Pluses and minuses
The hitch in buying a diesel is that all car companies demand a premium for the option. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the most popular diesel car there is in this country, costs an extra $4,050 over the equivalent gasoline model, as the TDI is the SE trim with a different motor. The base Jetta is $6,130 less than the TDI. The question then becomes whether the fuel savings will recoup the cost of the premium.