Euro IV standard 320Cd to be followed by 330Cd in March 2004
Sublime handling and tax-busting economy are what customers can expect from BMW’s new 320Cd, which arrives in the UK this October – the first BMW Coupé to be equipped with a diesel engine in the UK. Its combination of enviable performance, low carbon dioxide emissions, and the first Euro IV BMW diesel engine to hit UK showrooms is set to make the latest addition to the 3 Series range a hit with both private buyers and company car drivers.
Prices are confirmed at £24,310 on-the-road for the base model and £26,620 for the Sport variant.
BMW 320Cd performance
Powered by BMW’s second generation common rail two-litre diesel engine, the 320Cd reaches a top speed of 137 mph and achieves a sporty 0-62 mph figure of 8.8 seconds. Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine delivers a class-leading maximum power output of 150 bhp. This means it can accelerate from 50 – 75 mph in just 7.2 seconds.
BMW’s six-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard, providing short and precise gear changes. A five-speed automatic gearbox with Adaptive Gear Control (AGS) and Steptronic is also available as an option. AGS learns a driver’s style and adapts shift points accordingly. It also recognises uphill and downhill gradients as well as bends and prevents the transmission from shifting up in mid bend, retaining the correct transmission ratio for accelerating cleanly away.