BMW wants to make diesel engines as relevant in America as they are in Europe, but its Europe that benefits first from the latest in turbodiesel technology. The BMW 220d will debut a new-generation 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine that will offer up to 295 lb-ft of torque and nearly 62 MPG for fuel economy. Can I get an Amen?
According to BMW, when mated with a six-speed manual transmission, this new turbodiesel engine will emit CO2 emissions between 115 and 119 g/km and fuel economy of up to 57 MPG, while providing more torque than engines twice its size. That’s what diesel engines are good for after all, and the 190 horsepower figure is nothing to sneeze at either.
But where the BMW 220d coupe really shines is efficiency; with the 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, the diesel two-door can get up to 61.9 MPG on the highway. While the EPA testing methods would bring that number down considerably, it would still be capable of rivaling the nigh-untouchable Toyota Prius for efficiency. The automatic transmission also reduces CO2 emissions to as little as 99 g/km. The engine will also be available on the 220d Active Tourer, and should eventually come to America in the BMW 328d.
BMW attributes these improvements integrated balance shafts, a new aluminum crankcase optimizied for reduced friction, improved thermodynamics, a map-controlled oil pump, and a new common rail diesel injection system that guarantees an accurate fuel dosage. America doesn’t get the 220d right now though, as we’re left to make due with a 240 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo gas engine.
If BMW is serious about making diesel a big part of its American lineup though, we should be getting all the options across all the models. Right now the BMW 328d is the smallest Bimmer you can get with a diesel option, though the company has pledged to bring more engines and models to American showrooms.