BMW’s first turbocharged 4-cylinder in the US market will measure 2.0 liters and with the help of the same twin scroll turbo technology that is found on the current 3.0L turbocharged inline-6, this mighty little mill churns out 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 260lb-ft of torque at just 1,250 rpm. Thanks to the use of the advanced turbo technology and direct injection on this relatively small engine, the new turbo-4 will likely be offered as a more-efficient entry level model than the current six cylinders serving as the base engines in the US market.
Unfortunately, BMW hasn’t given us a clear indication as to which vehicles will receive this new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine but the company does compare it to the naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engines currently in the 1- and 3-series. The new BMWs could presumably wear the names 120i and 320i plus the varying suffixes depending on the exact trimline and these new models would surely offer more power than the current 128i and 328 models while likely offering improved fuel economy. There are also rumors that the upcoming X1 compact crossover will receive this new turbo-4 as the base model engine but as of now, this is all just speculation until BMW makes an official announcement – hopefully at one of the upcoming auto shows like New York or Chicago.
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