BMW to Re-introduce Four-Cylinder Engines in U.S.

Automakers are planning to use smaller displacement engines to meet increasing fuel economy standards and BMW is no exception. BMW is planning to bring four-cylinder engines back to the U.S. in the next-generation 3-series by 2012.

BMW has not offered a four-cylinder model in the U.S. since 1999, but in 2012, we will see a four-cylinder 3-series make a resurgence on our shores equipped with twin-turbochargers like the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder.

Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW North America, said that BMW will be able to reach U.S. fuel economy standards before 2015 by re-introducing four-cylinders to the U.S. The fuel economy standard O’Donnell is referring to is the 35.5 mpg average fuel economy standard set to take effect in 2016, with a 5 percent increase per year beginning in 2012.

In addition to adding four-cylinders to the 3-series, BMW is considering adding four-cylinder gasoline engines to the 1-series and its X1 and X3 crossovers in the U.S. BMW already offers both four-cylinder gasoline and diesel versions of the 1- and 3-series and X1 and X3 crossovers.

“We see potentially a significant market that could get to 100,000 four-cylinder engines in the U.S.,” said O’Donnell.

Source: Automotive News

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