We should eventually see this vehicle in the states
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug. 25, 2009
2010 European BMW 320d Sedan – 0 to 60 in < 8 seconds and 55 mpgUS combined on the NEDC.
BMW is just month’s away from offering their most fuel efficient performance diesel ever placed into service. That being the greenest 3 Series ever built in the form of a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan. The latest model to be offered by the marque sets a new benchmark in the premium segment by recording a combined consumption figure of 55 mpgUS on the NEDC.
As the first sub 110g/km CO2 emissions capable premium segment car, the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon will cost just $50 USD per year in road taxes to meet the UK’s Vehicle Excise Duty.
The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is powered by a 1,995cc engine with class-leading performance. The single turbocharged turbo-diesel engine features an all-aluminum crankcase and third generation common-rail injection technology with piezo injectors to achieve its impressive consumption and emissions figures without diluting driver enjoyment.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon develops 163 HP between 3,500 and 4,200 RPM while offering up an amazing 265 Lb-Ft. of torque 1,750 to 3,000 RPM. This equates to a zero to 60 mph time of < 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 137mph. Acceleration in fifth gear from 50mph to 75mph is also suitably swift taking just 9.6 seconds. The heightened performance of the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan has been made possible thanks to changes in the engine's construction, a taller rear axle transmission ratio, lowered suspension and the use of specially designed aerodynamic alloy wheels with Michelin EnergySaver tires.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Sedan also includes a dual mass flywheel with springs between the two parts to help smooth out any engine vibration through the drivetrain. This is enhanced with the fitting of new Centrifugal Pendulum Absorbers to lower NVH even further. This feature increases comfort and should result in the driver using a higher gear more often. This innovation combined with the taller geared transmission serves to significantly reduce engine speed compared to a ‘standard’ 320d Sedan which lowers fuel consumption and emissions even further.
The new car still comes fitted with the existing suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and Electric Power Steering for optimum performance.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and go on sale in January, 2010. The specification of the car will be on a par with a BMW 320d SE and includes two-zone A/C, rear Park Distance Control, BMW Professional radio, multi-function leather steering wheel, extended lighting and a specially designed 16-inch Aero alloy wheel. Pricing is likely to mirror the existing ‘standard’ BMW 320d SE Sedan.