We hope you like diesel-powered driving machines, because come late 2013/early 2014, BMW’s North American showrooms will be packed with them. We had a quick look at a product timing list issued by BMW to its dealer body, and here’s what you can expect.
2 Series: As has long been rumored, the coupe variant of the second-generation 1 Series will, in fact, be known as the 2 Series – and, better yet, the car, codenamed F22, will be coming stateside.
The entry-level 2 Series model will be the 228i, which enters production in November of 2013. Like the European F20 1 Series hatchback with which it shares its mechanicals, the 228i will use BMW’s N20 engine, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4. We expect transmission choices to mirror the Euro 1 Series, meaning we can expect a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Customers seeking more power can step up to the new 2014 M235i – a coupe variant of the wicked M135i hot hatch that’s already on sale in Europe – is confirmed for North America. We also expect powertrain – including a 320-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six and your choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic-- to be ported over, but unlike the M135i, the M235i will only be available with rear-wheel drive. Production of the M235i is also scheduled to begin in November of 2013.
3 Series: As we previously reported, BMW’s new 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4 will be added to the 3 Series line, resulting in a 328d sedan. According to these documents, the 2014 328d will be offered in both rear-wheel and all-wheel (xDrive) forms, but the big news is a third diesel 3 Series variant: a 328d xDrive station wagon.
BMW says all 328d models enter production in July, which is the same time manufacturing commences for the U.S.-spec 3 Series wagon in both diesel and in gas-powered 328 xDrive forms.
3 Series Gran Turismo: We’ve already had our first look at the 3 Series quasi-wagon and knew it would be coming to the U.S. All-wheel-drive is standard on U.S.-spec 3 GT models, meaning we’ll only be able to order either a 328xi GT or a 335xi GT. A diesel-powered variant does not appear to be in the cards at this time.
4 Series: BMW teased its new replacement for the 3 Series coupe and convertible at the Detroit auto show earlier this year, and sure enough, production models aren’t that far behind. A 428i should share the 328i’s 2.0-liter turbo-four, while the 435i should borrow the 335i’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Both models will be offered in rear- and all-wheel drive (xDrive) guise. Production begins in July.
4 Series convertibles will be offered in both 428i and 435i forms, but only with rear-wheel drive. Production begins four months after the 4 Series coupes. Although an xDrive option is rumored and would give BMW a true competitor to Audi’s A5 cabriolets, such a vehicle isn’t in the cards for the 2014 model year.
5 Series: When we first reported on BMW bringing a turbo-diesel four-cylinder to the U.S., we also mentioned it was also importing a new twin-turbocharged diesel I-6. That engine’s first application is in the 5 Series sedan. A new 535d sedan enters production in July, and appears to be the first U.S.-spec model to utilize the engine. Output figures are still forthcoming, but previous estimates suggested it could offer close to 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The 535d will be offered in both rear- and all-wheel drive forms, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the engine to appear in the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
X5: The all-new, third-generation X5 “sport activity vehicle” goes into production in July of 2013 at BMW’s factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Base models with the turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – badged with the “35i” suffix – will be available in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive forms. The optional turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 will only be available with all-wheel drive. A diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d -- using the same engine as the aforementioned 535d -- will enter production in December.
All variants will be hitched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, we can’t hope but notice the hot X5 M is not on this list. This could either mean such a vehicle will debut after the 2014 model year, or that it’s been nixed altogether.
BMW officials were unavailable to comment on these details at the time of publication, but we will update this piece as the story develops.
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