BMW 320d among many diesel cars coming soon

by Cornelius Nunev

A veritable onslaught of diesel vehicles is primed to arrive in the U.S., where gasoline is king. Among other oil burners slated to hit car dealerships in the near future is the BMW 320d, a slightly economical entry from the 3 series array in Europe.

The BMW 320d is awesome!

In the U.S., hardly any person buys diesels, which was why BMW got rid of the 3 series 335d diesel variant, according to Automobile magazine. There are no 3 series diesels produced in the United States anymore, though there are a lot being produced that burn oil still.

However, there is some good news. BMW has given the green light to a new diesel model for the American market. They will start shipping the BMW 320d, though the company hasn't said when. BMW has, according to AutoGuide, confirmed 2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel for the United States, 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.

BMW promises more diesel

More diesel is coming for sure since BMW is going to sell vehicles with its 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel fairly soon, according to Automobile. Mini, one of the company's brands, is intending to decide if it wants to sell diesel in the U.S. as well, according to AutoBlog.

They aren't the only ones preparing 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, specifically the one slated for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 pickup.

There are other diesels coming also. There will be a range of Mazda SkyActiv diesels, the diesel Cadillac ATS, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTec, the 2013 Chevy Cruze, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne and a brand new Passat TDI by Volkswagen, according to MSN.

Not all great news

Purchasing a diesel is not very inexpensive though. In fact, most car companies charge extra for a diesel automobile. A consumer has to figure out if there is enough fuel savings to make up for the main difference in costs. The base Jetta is $6,130 less than the TDI version, and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI costs an additional $4,050 to get. The TDI is the SE trim with a different motor.

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