BMW Announces Four-Cylinder For X1

When it was first shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, it was clear that the BMW X1 was going to be a useless off-road vehicle and it seems the German automaker has finally agreed with that statement, placing a new smaller engine into the small SUV.

The new engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that will use the company’s TwinPower Turbo technology. This new engine will help lower emissions and raise fuel economy over the 3.0-liter inline-six.

The new four-cylinder will produce 245 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, where as the inline-six cranked out 255 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. This extra grunt will help the new X1 hit 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds when fitted with a proper manual transmission, a .7 second increase over the previous engine. If equipped with the eight-speed automatic, that time increases to 6.5 seconds.

Fuel economy figures have yet to be released for the United States, but in Europe, fuel consumption is down by 16 percent.

With the engine created and ready for use, BMW will need to decide what name to give the new X1. The company has decided to call it the xDrive28i and it will feature Start/Stop technology and all-wheel drive, hence the xDrive name.

As good as all this sounds, don’t get out the checkbook just yet. BMW announced last week that the X1 plant was over capacity, meaning that the vehicle would not be coming to the United States anytime soon.

When it does, however, BMW will likely bring a diesel engine with it, but they haven’t decided which one, as there are currently three to choose from in Europe with the base model achieving 45.2 miles per gallon.

Chances are we won’t be seeing the X1 anytime soon, but it is coming to the United States and when it does, it might be a big hit with that new four-cylinder.


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