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Exclusive First Look at the 2014 BMW 3 Series 328d



Bimmerfest brings you a exclusive look at the first US diesel powered F30 3 series, the 328d. We got a chance to drive the new diesel 3er at BMW's North American headquarters just after the 328d was revealed to the press at the New York Auto Show the day before. The 328d sports a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine, delivering 180 hp and an impressive 280 lb-ft of torque that moves the sports sedan from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds while getting an estimated 45 MPG highway!

With the body of the 3 series the interior and handling of the car are dead on F30 3 series. There are a few exterior tweaks as pointed out in the video but to the average consumer it would be hard to tell the difference between the 328d and the 328i. There is a touch more clanking from the engine at idle but as many have noted, the 328i is not the smoothest sounding engine BMW has ever produced. The gas and diesel 328 options both make a lot of cold stat up noise but I would be hard pressed to say the diesel sounds dramatically worse. In the sound category the 328d sounds equal to its gasoline brother so no negative marks there.

Behind the wheel around town everything is business as usual for the 3 series. Smooth ride, direct steering and a sporty feel. There is a touch more noise from the diesel at higher revs, where the gas engine seems to quite down under power. If the radio on or you're holding a conversation any engine noise would be drowned out. In 99.9% of driving you won't be able to tell you have a diesel under the hood. When you get on the loud pedal there are two distinct places you can feel the diesel engine difference. Right off the line the 280 ft-lbs of torque, which is up from the 328i's 255 ft-lbs is noticeable. It pulls hard off the line and makes quick stoplight getaways easy. Hold the pedal down and as the revs climb over 3800 you can feel the engine start to go flat. Diesels have their power down low and don't like to be pushed to high revs like a gas engine. I found the car to be much more responsive and fun to drive in sport mode. I used the steering wheel paddle shifters to flip the 8 speed automatic up a gear just as the revs hit 4k. This keep the engine in the torque range where it pulled the hardest.

US pricing is set to start under $40,000 with Lines, equipment and packages mirroring what you can get on a 328i. With an estimated 45 mpg the 328d is something you're going to have to consider if you're shopping the 3 series for fuel economy.

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The engine note sounds like a typical diesel. The exhaust note, IMO, sounds better than the 328i.
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Sounds like a 328i.
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We got a chance to get behind the wheel of the 328d and take some video of the engine. If you're concerned with how the diesel will sound make sure you watch the 328d vs 328i engine sound comparison.

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My question is later this year (2013) or early 2014, will the F31 330d engine be offered in the USA?
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My question is later this year (2013) or early 2014, will the F31 330d engine be offered in the USA?
If you mean will a six cylinder Diesel be offered in the 3 series, I think not for the short term. If the Diesels are a big hit, one could speculate that the line might expand in a few years to offer both 4- and 6-cyl Diesels in the 3 series...
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My question is later this year (2013) or early 2014, will the F31 330d engine be offered in the USA?
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As of right now there are no plans for anything but the 2.0 liter diesel going in the 3 series.

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Nice that they have made the urea tank much easier to access through the fuel filler door.
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As of right now there are no plans for anything but the 2.0 liter diesel going in the 3 series.

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That makes sense, a four cylinder diesel rated around 45 MPG! The 335d was not a smashing success. I know four people who drive VW TDI's and they all have rather large commutes (greater than 75 miles daily) and all bought for the mileage, not the performance. They all report over 40 MPG with regularity, the 335d BMW was only rated at 38 MPG, the BMW can now be an alternative.
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Muffler on that 328i looks awfully rusty! Got a few issues with rust myself.
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That makes sense, a four cylinder diesel rated around 45 MPG! The 335d was not a smashing success. I know four people who drive VW TDI's and they all have rather large commutes (greater than 75 miles daily) and all bought for the mileage, not the performance. They all report over 40 MPG with regularity, the 335d BMW was only rated at 38 MPG, the BMW can now be an alternative.
...ONLY 38mpg? The thing could outperform vehicles while almost doubling the combined fuel economy that were just a few years older but regularily give the owner only about 18mpg and requires 91 and above octane (so cost of fuel is comperable).
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Wow, the 328D shifts more faster than the gasoline one.

i wonder if the guy put the 328d on sport mode?
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is it confirmed that there will be a touring version of this car available in the states?

if so, that would be high on my list of vehicle choices for a dd.
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Wow, the 328D shifts more faster than the gasoline one.

i wonder if the guy put the 328d on sport mode?
Diesels have a lower rev limit, hence shifting sooner.
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Does the 328d have the same stop start as the 328i? This is not clear from the available specs.
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is it confirmed that there will be a touring version of this car available in the states? .
I've seen it confirmed elsewhere. However, AFAIK it's going to be xDrive only.
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is it confirmed that there will be a touring version of this car available in the states?

if so, that would be high on my list of vehicle choices for a dd.
I can confirm that, but not until the fall.

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Anyone know what the 0-60 mph time is for the 320d? How does it compare with the 328i?
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Anyone know what the 0-60 mph time is for the 320d? How does it compare with the 328i?
The F30 brochure for Germany quotes a 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) acceleration time of 7.5s for the 320d and 5.9s for the 328i.
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Anyone know what the 0-60 mph time is for the 320d? How does it compare with the 328i?
They're going to call it a 328d here in the US. Mostly for marketing reasons, I assume. I believe I read it will be because it will have the same level of equipment and options as the 328i.
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They're going to call it a 328d here in the US. Mostly for marketing reasons, I assume. I believe I read it will be because it will have the same level of equipment and options as the 328i.
Correct. The designations have become indicators of not only the engine/power but the equipment level.

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Anyone know what the 0-60 mph time is for the 320d? How does it compare with the 328i?
Per BMW NA 7.2 vs 5.7 or 5.9 depending on the transmissions of the gas car.

In testing, people are able to beat BMWs numbers by a few tenths, so hoping the D cracks 6.8-6.9.
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Correct. The designations have become indicators of not only the engine/power but the equipment level.
This reply is not pointed in your direction Tim, but to BMW for this policy you describe... I say ... to that.

again, towards 'BMW' and/or 'BMW USA', not you Tim...

In the rest of the world you you can gauge how responsive a model-year BMW vehicle is to movement of the go pedal by the badge. Here, not even close.

I'm an early MB AMG owner which was the 1st car I bought new in the late 90's. And I respected the 'AMG' name. I liken this "badging level" being used on the 328d to those MB owners who started showing up in the early 2000s who would have an AMG badge affixed to the trunk because they got AMG floormats and/or rims. Or when I was a much younger lad a guy who would put an 'SS' badge on their Chevelle Malibu and think they're "the shiet".

Perhaps it makes me a snob -- tho I know many are in my camp and are of like mind -- but in both cases that would immediately make someone ineligible for the time of day from me. So I'm having trouble with BMW, a respected manufacturer, doing something I deem worthy of nothing but disrespect.

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BMW is responding to the market forces. There is an insane amount of badge/brand whores out there. They can stand their ground or play the game, a prudent business plays the game, and that is what they're doing. I don't like it either, but that is where our culture seems to be going

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