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cool, not a competitor to the TDI but more like a compeitor to a v6 audi TDI

Rest easy, torque-lovers, BMW will be releasing the diesel version of its uber-popular 3 Series sedan in the United States later this year, exactly on schedule. Because it's so late in the year, the Bavarian automaker will be labeling it as a 2009 model, leading some to believe that the 335d was not going to be coming until next year. Not so, according to BMW spokesman Tom Plucinsky, who confirmed to KickingTires that both the 335d and the X5 35d will be making it Stateside sometime in November after production begins in September.

Both upcoming diesel models from BMW will use a 3.0-liter twin turbo oil-burner rated at 265hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. That's plenty of stump-pulling torque, but the best news could be the expected fuel mileage of 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway when paired with the six speed automatic.


http://www.autoblog.com/2008/08/06/bmw-335d-will-be-released-in-november-as-2009-model/
 
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Only 33 mpg highway? For 425 lb-ft of torque, that's pretty good but if you chipped it would the rear tires melt?
 

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A 4 cylinder would like the 2.0 TDI would be enough power and give enough performance. The torque of the TDI is probably more than the smallest BMW engine. Maybe in the Europe market?
 

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BMW has a sporting image, they have to bring the 6 cylinder. For V8 levels of torque, if you can afford a BMW you can afford a little more fuel.
 

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Don't forget that in the US, BMW is a luxury car. Mercedes Benz is a luxury car. In Europe, you can get a stripper with 4 cyl for relatively cheap. In Europe, VW and Audi have a lot of model overlap, in the US, Audi models are clearly more expensive.
 
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They are ready to order now. Any takers? http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/10/16/bmw-335d-and-x5d-available-to-order/

The 335d boasts a best in class EPA fuel economy of 23/36 MPG (city/hwy). This makes it the most fuel efficient BMW ever sold in the US, and also gives it the highest ever EPA MPG rating of any 6 cylinder vehicle ever offered in the US (gas or diesel). Even with its fuel-saving characteristics the 335d keeps up with the performance leaders by accelerating 0-60 mph in 6 seconds flat, making it faster than the all new Audi A4 3.2 and Mercedes C350.

Scheduled production week on those x5 diesels as well as 335d’s are supposed to be December in the 49th week

Some cool cutaway pics that I found:





 

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Nice pics. Looks like the black thing is a urea storage tank, there's a black line to a solenoid injector, the larger silver thing before the cat. The smaller thing next to it is probably an o2 sensor, maybe a backpressure sensor as well? They have to pressurize it somehow too, so maybe there is a pump somewhere or maybe the solenoid injector is also a pump. The other plug after the car is an o2 sensor. Hopefullly they have some solution to reminding owners to refill the tank instead of a stupid MB shut off the engine solution.
 

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Something that just doesn't make sense to me- BMW is bringing this enigne in an SUV and the 3 series at the same time.

Audi is bringing their V6 diesel in their SUB but there are no confirmed plans to put it in the A4. ????
 

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Saw another article on this in Automobile Magazine. It's not on their website but it got positive reviews. Comparable to the 335i but with much greater fuel economy and a bigger price tag. It's a heavy one too, about 3900 lbs.
 

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Maybe this will get Audi to get off their butts. Car sales aren't super right now but you can't plan for now, you plan for the future. Still don't know what took them so long.
 
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Maybe this will get Audi to get off their butts. Car sales aren't super right now but you can't plan for now, you plan for the future. Still don't know what took them so long.
Doubt it. Sales give you money to do R&D. GM had to kill a bunch of projects and this crunch is worldwide. Maybe there will be a movie called "How the VOLT electric car killed GM?" From what I hear, expect things to improve at the earliest, mid 2009.
 
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