Compared to their popularity in Europe, diesel-powered cars are virtually non-existent in the North American market. VW pretty much has a monopoly on the lower end of the market with its TDI Golfs, Jettas, and Passats, while BMW and Mercedes offer higher-end oil burning luxury cars.
And BMW will soon offer many more models powered by a either a four- or six-cylinder diesel, if a leaked slide shared on the F30Post Internet forums is to be believed. Reportedly taken during a BMW North America meeting, the slide reveals dates of release for six upcoming models with diesel power.
A 3-series sedan will be first, due to arrive during the first half of 2013, with a Sport Wagon due to arrive in the latter half, likely powered by the same engine. A 5-series is up next, scheduled for the third quarter of the year, while an X5d will be the last oil burner to reach dealers before the end of 2013. A 7-series diesel would arrive during the first half of 2014, and not, as previously expected, next year. Finally, the small X3 crossover is due to come to market during the first half of 2014 as well.
As for the engine specs themselves, it's believed one will be a 181-horsepower, 280lb-ft inline four-cylinder displacing 2.0 liters, while the inline six-cylinder, probably sized at 3.0 liters, will probably make at least 265 horsepower and 425lb-ft of torque, as it did in the late 3-series diesel and the current X5d.