We were quite fond of the diesel-powered BMW 335d from the luxury sport sedan benchmark 3-Series's previous generation, but that model was put out to pasture after the 2011 model year with the introduction of the new F30 3-Series. Now we've received word that big diesel torque and fuel efficiency will be returning to the 3-Series lineup with the introduction of the 2014 BMW 328d.
The engine in question will be a new 2.0-liter TwinPower four-cylinder turbodiesel making 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque. Zero to 60 mph will come in 7.2 seconds, or just a couple ticks slower than the gas-powered 328i Sedan. But here's the kicker: BMW promises EPA-rated fuel efficiency "that could well exceed 40 (highway) mpg", enough to likely steal the crown from the 42-highway-mpg Audi A3 TDI as the United States' most fuel-efficient internal combustion luxury car.
The 2014 BMW 328d will be officially revealed on March 27 at 11:45 AM Eastern, live from the 2013 New York Auto Show, and will be on sale in the second half of 2013. Pricing should start at a hair under $40,000 to split the difference between the gas-powered 328i and 335i sedans.