Diesel Model Joins BMW 3 Series Lineup

By Jennifer Geiger  on March 14, 2013

BMW's compact 3 Series lineup continues to grow. A new wagon variant goes on sale this spring, and the swoopy Gran Turismo hatchback will follow this summer. On the heels of those new models is the diesel-powered 2014 328d. It'll debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show.

Powering the compact sedan is a turbocharged four-cylinder. BMW pegs output at 180 horsepower and a robust 280 pounds-feet of torque; it quotes a zero-to-60 time of around 7.2 seconds. Fuel-economy figures aren't in yet, but the automaker says to expect "mileage that could well-exceed 40 mpg." Rear- and all-wheel-drive versions will be available and a wagon version should follow the sedan. BMW wouldn't comment on the timing of the wagon's launch, however.

Also at the auto show, BMW will unveil the Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid. The long, wedgy concept uses a three-cylinder engine and an electric motor for BMW-estimated fuel economy of 95 mpg.

The GT, 328d and Concept Active Tourer will be on display at the show. Press days are March 27 and 28.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer