BMW may drop to 3-cylinders in the future

BMW may drop to 3-cylinders in the future

BMW 135i

The next 1- and 3-Series cars from BMW, as well as the Z2 roadster, are apparently in line for a new range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines as part of BMW’s attempts to cut emissions and fuel consumption. Five new powerplants are reportedly in development, with three 1.35-litre three-cylinder motors developing between 163 hp and 241 hp, and two 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engines putting out 273 hp and 321 hp, respectively. The  four cylinder motors will ultimately be reserved for “more upmarket models.”

Apparently the top end 1.35-liter motor could put out 241 hp that’s 11 more horsepower than the current 3.0-liter in the 328i. So much power for such little displacement, perception of smaller motors will need to change for the net generation Beemers to be successful especially in the American market. However, a lighter engine with fewer moving parts could also help bring the price of the 1-Series down — one of the major factors that has prevented it from high sales figures in the U.S.

In any case, the new BMW engines are said to be at least two years away, so more information will leak out in that time.

BMW 135i

The next 1- and 3-Series cars from BMW, as well as the Z2 roadster, are apparently in line for a new range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines as part of BMW’s attempts to cut emissions and fuel consumption. Five new powerplants are reportedly in development, with three 1.35-litre three-cylinder motors developing between 163 hp and 241 hp, and two 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engines putting out 273 hp and 321 hp, respectively. The  four cylinder motors will ultimately be reserved for “more upmarket models.”

Apparently the top end 1.35-liter motor could put out 241 hp that’s 11 more horsepower than the current 3.0-liter in the 328i. So much power for such little displacement, perception of smaller motors will need to change for the net generation Beemers to be successful especially in the American market. However, a lighter engine with fewer moving parts could also help bring the price of the 1-Series down — one of the major factors that has prevented it from high sales figures in the U.S.

In any case, the new BMW engines are said to be at least two years away, so more information will leak out in that time.

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