Lending further credence to rumors that BMW will be launching a new engine line that will feature three and four cylinders and comparatively small displacements is a report from Channel 4 in the UK that quotes BMW chief engineer Holger Winkelmann as saying the German automaker will soon launch the "most advanced small engine range ever."

Winkelmann goes on to say that the new engine architecture will draw heavily on BMW's turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and intake technology as featured on the automaker's excellent range of powerplants available today. Interestingly, Winkelmann suggests that these new three- and four-cylinder engines will replace a number of BMW's classic inline-sixes.

Earlier reports suggested that this new line would use engines as small as 1.35 liters and up to 1.8 liters. Power output would range from 163 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque up to a high-performance unit with as much as 321 horsepower.

[Source: Channel 4]

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