2014 New York Auto Show Live: BMW X3 xDrive 28d image

BMW, who aims to recapture first place on the US market from its Mercedes-Benz rival is working on bringing lots of new models or versions to the New York auto show. Among them, you might want to consider the diesel powered X3 28d.

While Europe has long been a haven for diesel powered cars, which came a very long way from their early troublesome days. That’s because continued demand from customers made the automakers step up the development game and come up with cleaner, leaner, more efficient diesel burning engines.

That would be ever more so clear if anyone had a go in a luxury car powered by a diesel engine – which in the US are still seen as the panache of very heavy trucks or almost monstrous huge pick-up trucks. Which would imply the diesel is only for the working man.

Well, the X3 xDrive 28d is here to dispute that. It offers a new generation of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that BMW has been using for quite some time. It would give around 190 hp (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 6 hp (5 kW) and 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) over the previous generation. That’s enough to get the X3 to 62 mph in just 8.1 seconds. And, thanks to the eight speed automatic, you won’t feel a thing – except the envy of the drivers around you.