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BMW 3-Series gains two new efficient gas engines for Europe

BMW is launching two new efficient gas-powered 3-Series models in Europe.

BMW has announced a new range of fuel-sipping gas engines for its all-new 3-Series. Unfortunately, the new engine options have so far only been confirmed for the European market.

Although diesels reign supreme in the European market, BMW is taking a stab at an efficient gas-powered model with the new 320i Efficient Dynamics. The 320i Efficient Dynamics uses the same 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine we get here in the 328i but, for efficiency reasons, BMW has detuned output from 240 horsepower to 168 horsepower.

The 320i Efficient Dynamics remains reasonable quick with a 0-62 time of 7.6 seconds, but fuel economy has jumped to 45mpg (U.S.). In comparison, the U.S.-spec 328i can hit 33mpg on the highway.

For those seeking a little more power without giving up too much fuel economy, BMW is also planning a 181 horsepower version of the 320i. That model will come exclusively with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system, according to Autocar.

BMW hasn't indicated if either model will eventually make it to the United States, but the 320i Efficient Dynamics could be one option to fill the void left by the slow-selling 335d.