SOB, when and where is it going to stop
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept 3, 2012
2013 BMW 316d Toruing – 42 mpgUS combined with BMW’s latest 2.0L turbo diesel. And over 50 mpgUS highway! Both on our own EPA, not the NEDC. The bad news? You cannot get them here as usual
For the very first time, the four-wheel xDrive system will be available in the BMW 1 Series. More exciting however is the fact a new BMW designation will be added to the BMW 1-series lineup called the 114d. The latest additions to BMW’s diesel range include the 316 and 318d Touring.
The BMW 120d xDrive: Four-wheel drive featured for the first time in a three and five-door 1 Series.
BMW’s xDrive provides maximum forward traction when the roads are slick but adding to cornering agility has to be proved to me before I can fully embrace the added weight, complexity and even safety of the systems given the overconfidence it provides in the snow.
According to BMW, the electronically controlled power distribution between the front and rear wheels ensures supreme handling characteristics in adverse weather as well as the highest level of precision and agility when taking bends at high speeds.
The BMW 120d xDrive is powered by the powerful yet extremely efficient 184 HP 2.0L I4 turbo providing a 0 to 60 time of just 7 seconds and a top speed of almost 140 mph. Like that really means anything? More importantly however, the BMW 120d xDrive provides its owners with a 49.5 mpgUS combined rating on the NEDC or approximately 40 mpgUS combined on our own EPA. That’s right, 40 combined from an AWD luxury oriented and high performance super diesel.
The BMW 114d
An all new smaller displacement turbo diesel is earmarked to appear in this fall in the new BMW 1 Series is called the 114d. The new 1.6L turbo diesel incorporates BMWs TwinPower Turbo Technology. The engine features variable turbine technology and Common Rail direct fuel injection with solenoid valves (not piezo-electric???) operating with a maximum pressure of 23,200 psi. It delivers a maximum power output of 95 HP at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 173 lb.-ft. between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm. This facilitates acceleration from 0 to 60 in 12 seconds and a top speed of almost 115 mph. The real enabler here is its fuel economy at 57.4 mpgUS on the NEDC or approximately 46 mpgUS plus combined on our own EPA.
To get there, the new BMW 114d is equipped with a comprehensive array of BMW EfficientDynamics technology including brake energy regeneration, shift point indicator, Auto Start/Stop, electronic power steering, on-demand ancillary components, low rolling resistance tires and the ECO PRO mode, which can be activated by means of the Driver Experience Control.
The BMW 114d is being introduced as both a five and three-door. The new three-door BMW 1 Series is being launched parallel to the BMW 120d and the BMW 118i, which both feature rear-wheel drive.
The 3 is not left out
The BMW portfolio of 2.0 and 3.0L turbo diesel engines available to European Touring 3-Series can now be found in the 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring. The new models feature either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Adapted to suit each version of the BMW 318d Touring and the BMW 316d Touring, the 2.0L I4 turbo diesel ensures an economical addition to the 3-series lineup. The 318d Touring uses the 143 HP 2.0L while the 316d Touring uses the 116 HP variant of the same.
The new BMW 316d Touring accelerates to 60 in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph with an estimated EPA combined rating of between 40 and 42 mpgUS.
The new 114d and 316/318d’s are uber efficient and far more powerful than needed for anybody’s every day commuting needs. And as we have been saying for at least the past 6-years, we cannot get them here