America’s lack of interest in the fuel saving solution that is the diesel engine has been long discussed and over-debated for several years now.
There have been plenty of attempts, at the forefront of which BMW have been of major importance, to showcase the capabilities and performance diesel is capable.
Unfortunately, they’ve all pretty much failed. It may be for a number of reasons but as gas prices keep going up, diesels are making a comeback.
Since the US is finally finding out what rising fuel costs are, they’re taking a liking to diesels in increasing numbers.
While we’re on the subject, it’s not exactly a secret that BMW, makers of some of the greatest engines out there, also make the finest diesels available.
Two of their cherries are headed stateside now. It’s the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and the more interesting 3.0 liter straight six unit.
The first one will likely develop around 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque whereas the bigger engine will provide around 255 horsepower and some 413 lb-ft of torque.
Figures may be altered slightly by the time they hit the road in America as the emissions legislation there plays on different fields to the ones BMW is used to.
Even so, the economy minded motorist is in for a treat, even if he lives in the United States. Their highway system should make for quite a difference when it comes to settling into the cruise.
The new engines should be available in the 3 series, 5 series and X5/X6 models to begin with and there’s a chance at expanding its options later on.