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BMW confirms 4-cylinder engines for U.S.

 BMW confirms 4-cylinder engines for U.S.
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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Comments (9)

 HEMI426 HEMI426
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.
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September 20, 2009 9:46 pm
 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.
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September 18, 2009 9:03 pm
 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... :(
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September 18, 2009 8:54 pm
 teuton teuton
This engine benchmarked diesel engine refinement since its conception. A gem of an engine!
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September 18, 2009 8:35 pm
 nederina nederina
this is good news - definitely i look forward for the next 3-series
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September 18, 2009 4:50 pm