BMW confirms 4-cylinder engines for U.S.

BMW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine
BMW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine

With C02 emissions regulations getting stricter than ever, BMW of North America has decided to introduce compact four-cylinder engines to its next-generation 3 Series models. In Europe and other parts of the world BMW already gives consumers the choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors.

The Federal government has proposed that automakers improve their fleets' fuel economy by 5% per year for the next 5 to 6 years. Thereafter a national standard of 35.5 mpg takes effect. According to Jim O'Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America, the measures taken will help the company reach these targets before 2015.

The next-generation four-pot twin turbo engines have long been rumoured and will reach the US by 2012, powering the upcoming 3 Series. O'Donnell's team is also investigating the possibility of adding four-cylinder petrol power for the 1 Series, X1 and X3 models.

"We see potentially a significant market that could get to 100,000 four-cylinder engines in the United States," O'Donnell said.


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Ok fusion01, I also think a 4 cylinder is not for an a5. A 240 hp 2.8 v6fsi would be a nice base v6 engine.
Sep 21st, 2009 4:46am
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red33m red33m
believe me a 4 cylinder is doimg the job very good on the A5..
Sep 26th, 2009 1:49am
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efithian efithian
Audi has the A3 2L TDI next month, not in 2012. The A5 has the 2L turbo quattro petrol as well. Sounds like too little, too late.
Sep 19th, 2009 4:03am
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unknown unknown
n a5 with an 4 cylinder is a laugh. 3 series out sells an a5 20 to 1. go figure
Sep 19th, 2009 11:17am
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fusion01 fusion01
Why is a 4 cylinder a laugh on an A5? It's that attitude that has America way behind on car emissions. This perception of a big emission spewing, fuel chomping engine having to drive a larger car is way out of date. Most are also happy with 155kw in the 2.0 litre TSI turbo engine and don't need more. As to why the 3 series sell more than an Audi A5, it's simple and based on cost. You can get a base 3 series for a lot less.
Sep 19th, 2009 4:46pm
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dmlgc dmlgc
"Sounds like too little, too late." How can there be too little or too late, we can use all we can get. Is Audi afraid of the competition ?
Sep 22nd, 2009 7:53am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
This is great news! Turbo 4-Bangers are back! Just PLEASE don't make the 3 even bigger than it already is... :(
Sep 19th, 2009 3:54am
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teuton teuton
This engine benchmarked diesel engine refinement since its conception. A gem of an engine!
Sep 19th, 2009 3:35am
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nederina nederina
this is good news - definitely i look forward for the next 3-series
Sep 18th, 2009 11:50pm
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