As the influx of diesel powerplants, particularly from European manufacturers, continues into Australia BMW has said that it will bring its acclaimed new generation 3.0-litre diesel engine here in 2009.
Deliveries of the new BMW 330d sedan are expected to commence in the second quarter of next year.
The 330d uses a new generation all-aluminium, high-output, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that develops 180kW and a substantial 520Nm of torque.
Peak power is delivered at 4000rpm and peak torque is available between 1750 and 3000rpm, while the 330d will be available only with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Despite having significantly more torque than any other BMW 3 Series sedan, the 330d returns a very frugal fuel consumption at 6.8-litres per 100 km on the combined fuel cycle.
As a result, the BMW 330d qualifies for the higher Luxury Car Tax threshold of $75,000, meaning 330d customers will pay less LCT than those purchasing thirstier vehicles.
The 3.0-litre, straight-six engine accelerates the 330d from 0-100km/h in just 6.2 seconds and the top speed is limited electronically to 250km/h. Carbon dioxide emissions are just 180g/km.
The new BMW 330d joins the just revealed new look BMW 3 Series sedan line-up which went on sale in Australia on November 22. This range starts with the 320i Executive at $54,500.
Like the BMW 330d Sedan, the four-cylinder 320d Executive, priced from $57,500, benefits from the LCT concession, as its combined fuel economy performance is well below the 7.0-l/100km limit at 6.0-l/100 km.
Pricing for the BMW 330d will be announced closer to launch.
“BMW continues to roll out the fruits of its industry-leading EfficientDynamics engine programme in Australia, which brings the triple benefits of high-performance, low consumption and low emissions,” said Tom Noble, general manager, marketing at BMW Group Australia.
“The new BMW 330d Sedan gives our customers the opportunity to mix V8 engine performance with four-cylinder fuel economy, but at the same time delivering the tangible delights of our highly-acclaimed straight-six cylinder engines.
“BMW in Australia has been selling increasing volumes of diesel-engined vehicles each year. Our customers really appreciate the benefits of these high torque, low consumption engines.
“Now we can offer a truly muscular diesel performance option in our most popular body style. It’s a mix we are certain will be extremely popular in this segment of the market,” he said.