Diesel Car Preview for 2014-15

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The 2014 BMW 328d sedan

The 2014 BMW 328d sedan

BMW finally broke its silence on its diesel offerings and announced several new models.

The first to be announced was the four-cylinder BMW 328d sedan, which was unveiled at the 2013 New York International Automobile Show.  BMW also announced a 328d Sports Wagon and a 535d sedan, the latter being powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder.

In April, BMW introduced the new 328d sedan to an appreciative audience.  BMW will also offer a 328d wagon as well as two 5 Series models, the 535d and the 535d xDrive sedans.  Not only does this give the 5er buyer a choice of nine options (including the ActiveHybrid 5) but it also marks the first time that BMW is offering a diesel-powered 5 Series in the U.S. since the BMW 524td made its U.S. debut in 1985.

Both the 328d sedan and wagon are powered by a single-turbo 2.0-liter inline four, similar to what is currently offered in other markets in both the BMW 320d sedan and touring.  It develops 180 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque according to BMW.

The 535d is getting a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline six which is said to develop 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm.

The X5 Sport Activity Vehicle has been completely redesigned for 2014 and it will be available as the diesel xDrive35d

With competitors Audi and Mercedes-Benz making diesel powerplants available on almost all models, it is anticipated that BMW will follow suit and introduce diesel 7 Series and X3 models but no announcement has been forthcoming by BMW to this end.

CADILLAC

Cadillac, which has the distinction of having been the first U.S. automaker to sell a diesel back in the 70s and which last sold an oilburner in the U.S. over 40 years ago, announced its return to diesel back in January 2012.

Since then, little has been said but industry observers still expect a diesel ATS to make an appearance in the next year or so.  When it does finally arrive, it is likely to be powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine.

CHEVROLET

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze has the distinction of being the second clean diesel sedan to be manufactured in the U.S. (the first is the Volkswagen Passat TDI, built in Tennessee) and the second entrant in the compact diesel sedan market (the first being the VW Jetta TDI).

Visually, there’s little to distinguish the Cruze Diesel from its petrol-powered stablemate other than diesel-model-specific 17” five-spoke alloy wheels and a small green 2.0 TD badge on the rear decklid.

Our review from the launch described it as being a far different car than the petrol-powered Cruze, with excellent road manners and a quiet interior.  A partial day’s driving revealed fuel economy of 39.5 mpg (5.95 l/100 km) but we would expect the Cruze to meet or exceed the EPA’s 46 mpg (5.1 l/100 km) highway figure for highway-only driving.

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