2014 BMW 328d: 280 Pound-Feet Of Torque And 48 Miles Per Gallon

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Having previously only really dabbled in U.S.-market diesels, BMW says they're going for oil burners in a big way starting with the 2014 BMW 328d. It's huge on torque and fuel economy.

The last 3-Series with a diesel engine was the 335d, which was an insanely overpowered and remarkably fuel-efficient six-cylinder turbo engine.

The 328d goes in a bit of a different direction, having a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That's an impressive number, as is the estimated mileage: as much as 48 mpg. Not bad, BMW. Expect this one to come in rear- or all-wheel-drive form.

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More good news on the diesel front: BMW will bring a six-cylinder diesel to the 5-Series this year. If it's anything like the obscenely torque-tacular six in the old 335d, you can count me as a fan for sure.

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Also on hand at New York was the debut of the 3-Series GT, the slightly longer, slightly taller hatchback version of the 3-Series sedan. Power will come from either the 240-horsepower four or the 300 horsepower six.

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Frankly, this car surprised me a bit. I'm not a big fan of the way it looks, but it's much smaller in person than it appears in photos. I think it's aimed at people who want a 3-Series but need something a bit bigger and taller than the wagon, but don't want an SUV.

BMW says this car will "define the segment" the way the original X5 did for performance-oriented SUVs. Translation: if this takes off, expect a lot of copycats.

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HammerheadFistpunch

180/280 and 48 mpg?! dag yo. That's pretty great. Noticeably absent, however, is the part about it needing diesel wee every service. Urea injection is okay with me though (for the most part) because it doesn't kill the mileage like relying solely on Particulate traps does and its a pretty cheap fluid that lasts about a year for the average user, so its no biggie.