As we predicted last week, BMW will be updating the 2.0L diesel engine to produce more power and burn less fuel. Today Autocar confirms this with a few new details of their own. According to the British magazine, in 125d guide, the new engine will produce 218bhp (up 13) and likely a mountain of torque. 0-60 should be in the low 6s with a top speed of around 150 mph.

So why are we so excited about this? Because this could be the engine that form the basis of BMW ‘s next diesel strategy in the US. It ‘s still technically a rumor at this point but it ‘s getting juicier by the minute and this could give us a hint of what ‘s to come.

This new highly efficient four cylinder diesel will, according to our sources, form the basis of an engine that will be an option for the US spec X1. It will also likely make its way to the Countryman (detuned slightly) as the Cooper SD.

With the X5 35d selling briskly over the years BMW can no longer look the other way when it comes to the burgeoning diesel market in the US. With this new 2.0L BMW will take a huge step in gaining the premium diesel crown for the North American market. Look for more news on this later in the spring.