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328d is more fuel efficient than the smaller Volkswagen Jetta TDI

BMW’s previous 335d wasn’t really a success here in the United States. While the vehicle offered respectable power output and a boatload of low-end torque, it just wasn’t a big seller in part due to its high price. However, it looks as though the iconic German automaker is looking to get things right the second time around.
 
BMW may have not officially announced the fuel efficiency numbers for its diesel-powered 2014 328d, but the EPA has already posted the numbers online. The 328d sedan gets an impressive 32 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway (37 mpg combined). That makes the 328d more efficient than the less powerful, “eco-minded” Jetta TDI (34 combined), Cruze-D (33 combined), and the larger Passat TDI.


BMW plans to offer the 328d in the U.S. as a rear-wheel drive sedan and with optional xDrive all-wheel-drive. Adding all-wheel-drive barely puts a dent in the fuel economy numbers, dropping them to 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on highway.
 
The 328d is expected to hit dealerships this fall packing a 2.0-liter diesel engine producing 180 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque.
 
And in a shocking twist, wagon owners won’t be left out this time around. The 328d will be also available in an xDrive wagon variant for those that need more cargo space than the sedan, but don’t want to give up any handling prowess by going with a crossover.

Source: Autoblog





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