A 320d SE Touring will be available in January and 330d SE Touring in May 2000. Powering the 320d is a 1,951cc four-cylinder direct injection engine which, BMW says, produces the highest specific power and torque outputs of any production diesel in its class - 136bhp and 206lb-ft of torque, or the same level as the 328i petrol engine, yet at a lower rev range. Fuel consumption is 49.6mpg, 11% better than the 318tds it replaces.
The 320d costs £21,345 and the Special Equipment (SE) £22,645.
The 330d SE is powered by the common rail DI 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder engine from the 530d, delivering a 287lb-ft of torque at 1,750rpm. The car will cost £26,995 when it reaches showrooms in January. A Touring version will follow in the spring. Kevin Gaskell, managing director of BMW GB, said: 'Although the UK Government's obstinate denial and illogical diesel price policy, contrast with the combined wisdom of other EU members states, there is still a healthy demand for diesels here, but we have been unable to compete effectively in the recent past.'