New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report
Details are slowly emerging as to just which diesel models Woodcliff Lake, NJ-based BMW of North America will be offering, given that The Diesel Driver’s 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, the 335d, reached its end of production in 2011. Contrary to published reports in other magazines, the X5 xDrive35d will continue to be offered in the 2013 model year with its 3.0-liter twin turbocharged six. In July, BMW announced it will expand the number of diesel models it offers by at least two and will also introduce two new diesel engines in the U.S. starting in calendar year 2013.
The smaller of the two new diesel engines will be a 2.0-liter, single-turbo, I-4, similar to what is currently available in other markets in both the BMW 320d sedan and touring. The four-banger will develop 180 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque, according to BMW.
An all-new twin-turbo, 3.0-liter I-6 will also be introduced. Specs are similar to the engine that powers the X5 (and powered the previous generation 335d). It is said to develop 255 hp and 413 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will have selective catalyst reduction (SCR) system that uses urea to meet emissions requirements.
The announcement means we are likely to see a BMW 320d as well as a larger vehicle, perhaps a 5 Series or 7 Series diesel, very soon.
Cadillac announced its return to diesel from its 40-plus year hiatus in January, with the introduction of the all-new Cadillac ATS. This compact sports sedan is positioned to compete with the BMW 3 Series, which Cadillac says is the benchmark for performance in this segment. The ATS launches with a 3.6-liter gas V-6 this fall, with a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel to follow in 2013.
The ATS rides on the all-new rear- or all-wheel-drive Alpha platform, and is said be similar to the E46 BMW 3-series (1999-2005) in size. The ATS is eight inches shorter than the CTS and promises 50/50 weight distribution along with GM’s Magnetic Ride Control. The ATS continues Cadillac’s Art & Science design language with its angular lines and flat surfaces.
Cadillac was the first U.S. automaker to offer a diesel back in the late 1970s, but the 5.7-liter V-8 engines suffered from poor reliability and tarnished the reputation of diesels for generations to come.
Chevrolet’s Cruze is manufactured and sold across the world. Last year, General Motors sold 33,000 diesel-powered Cruzes in non-U.S. markets, and for 2013, GM will be offering the Lordstown, Ohio produced Chevy Cruze diesel to American consumers as well. The Cruze will join the Volkswagen Jetta TDI as the second entrant in the compact diesel sedan segment.
The Cruze diesel is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013, with pricing around $23,500, representing a $1,900 premium over the gasoline-powered variant. The direct-injection 2.0-liter turbodiesel used in Cruzes in Europe and Australia develops 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, a figure that doubles that of the gasoline-powered Cruze currently offered in the U.S.