Tony O'Kane | Jul 3, 2009

ALTHOUGH BMW WON'T be bringing the admirably powerful diesel-powered 740d Australia's way, the German automaker's local arm will still be rolling out a number of new diesel models in the near future.

Chief among these is the new 330d sedan, which shares its 3.0 litre twin-turbo diesel powerplant with the just-launched 730d.

Generating a healthy 180kW and a sizable 540Nm of torque, the diesel-drinking engine isn't just a grunty, economical piece of equipment - it's also genuinely powerful.

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The 330d arrives here next month, but BMW Australia's diesel plans don't stop there. A super-frugal 118d (above) is currently under consideration, as are diesel variants of the 3 Series coupe and convertible.

BMW has also recently launched the 120d manual here, which sips 4.8 litres of diesel per 100km and emits just 128g/km of CO2.

It's the most fuel-efficient model in BMW's local lineup and certainly one of the cheapest: meaning ownership of a prestige German brand is no longer quite the expensive exercise it used to be.

2010_bmw_316d_01BMW will also be bringing its ultra-economical 316d model to market in Europe later this year, however there are presently no plans to bring it here.

With fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures of 3.75l/km and 118g/km, we'd say there would certainly be more than a few people interested in having one in their driveway.

For now though, the 320d remains the efficiency king of the 3 Series range.

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