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As we've mentioned earlier, BMW is ready to improve overall fuel efficiency for the 2012 model year with the introduction of a new 2.0-liter turbo four. The new mill, which is slated to put out 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, will arrive Stateside under the bonnet of the 2012 528i, Z4 and 3 Series.

If you're willing to part with your hard-earned cash, the 528i and Z4 models will arrive in September. And now we know just how much money you'll have to kiss goodbye, as the German luxury make gave us the price of entry for both models.

Removing two cylinders will lead to increased fuel economy, and you can apply those pump savings towards the higher purchase price. The 2012 528i will set buyers back $47,575, or $2,505 more than the $45,050 2011 model. Meanwhile, the Z4 will carry an MSRP of $49,525, or $2,075 more than the 2011 model. For now, all we have is the new base prices for the turbo-four-equipped models. We can only hope these higher prices also come with a bit more standard equipment.


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      kontroll
      • 4 Years Ago
      bmw just can't get out of their lame, boring, "safe design" mode. Not an ugly car, but come on, for the last ten years or so nothing changed...If they think that this can go on they'll be left behind in this competitive world
        Zoom
        • 4 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Um, they tried avant garde, and you still hated it.
      darvv1n
      • 4 Years Ago
      I believe you are mistaken, the price you quoted would be for the 528i x drive. The 528i will have a base msrp including D&D $47,575.00. They have added Xenon Lights, Ipod and USB adapter as all standard equipment this year as well.
        desinerd1
        • 4 Years Ago
        @darvv1n
        Ipod and USB adapter is standard now? Looks like they are copying Sonata :P
      • 4 Years Ago
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      patrick
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I CAN AFFORD A 5 SERIES, WHY WOULD I CARE ABOUT 2 MORE MILES PER GALLON, AND HAVE TO BE POWERED BY A NASTY 4 BANGER, WHEN THE SIX WAS AS SWEET OF AN ENGINE YOU COULD EVER WANT. AND HAVE PAY MORE FOR TWO LESS CYLINDERS, AND HAVE TO LISTEN TO A EXHAUST NOTE THAT ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE, MAKE THE NA SIX A OPTION .
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @patrick
        LOUD NOISES!!!!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @patrick
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        Harv
        • 4 Years Ago
        @patrick
        Actually, the engine is quite nice and very refined. I just had an X1 out on a test drive last Saturday (for some reason, they brought this model to Canada first). It's smooth, powerful and quiet at speed. And mated to the 8-speed automatic, it is very responsive (although a manual transmission would be nice....). I think they should have just held the line on pricing and not gone for the increase....
          NightFlight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Harv
          I am not saying it isn't refined, it just isn't exactly "appropriate" in this caliber of vehicle and especially not in this price range.
      cashsixeight
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, the 528 is going to have a 2.0 liter? Isn't that against BMW naming nomenclature?
        TurboDad
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        What is wrong with just calling it the 520ti? Do we really need to be abstracted from the engine that much? So much simpler than 528i sDrive20i xDriveDynamicsEfficientBS or whatever they call this now. Why not just: 520Ti for the 2.0 turbo 530i for the 3.0 six 530Ti for the 3.0 N55 turbo six 544Ti for the V8 turbo Then we could at least understand what the car is without looking under the hood.
          BG
          • 4 Years Ago
          @TurboDad
          That is too logical, but we can dream that they go back to intelligent naming convention. BMW started to sabotage their name convention 30 years ago. The 320i originally came to the US market with a 2-liter engine. Then in 1981, they added the catalytic converter and O2 sensor and reduced displacement to 1.8 liter. But rather then call the new car a 318i, they continued on with the 320i name. In Europe they were more honest, and you could buy a 315, 316, 318, 320, and 323 (that was a nice 6-cylinder).
      Fazzster
      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter how good the 4 may turn out to be, the average buyer will consider it a poor value in the 5 series. On a similar note, I never understood why the 1 series did not get a turbo-4 in the first place. A big heavy 6 never made much sense here. Then again, BMW is not making much sense of late.
        murciered
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Seriously! You couldn't have said it any better. This new engine should only be used on the 1-Series for the U.S. market.. That way, 1M owners that pay the premium for the M badge are actually upgrading to a larger displacement, and feel like it's worth their money. BMW, keep the smaller engines for the smaller models.
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 4 Years Ago
          @murciered
          I agree as well, but I also think this should be the base engine in the 3 series. I was truly surprised that this 4 banger is more expensive that the outgoing I6.
      Svartorn
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now with 100% more high pressure fuel pump failure.
      Richard
      • 4 Years Ago
      +2000 for rear view mirrors + 1500 for floor mats + 3500 for power windows. Welcome to.the $60k 4 cylinder car. The Ed Hardy wearers dont care tho.
      sumfoo1
      • 4 Years Ago
      a turbo 4 in the 5?? That just seems wrong to me.
      NightFlight
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, I am prepared for the inevitable downrating, BUT nearly $50,000 for a base four cylinder 5 Series? Just some food for thought, you can get the Genesis with the 5.0 that has 430HP for $45,000 and it is considered loaded to the gills. You can get a loaded Genesis with the 330HP V6 for $40,000 You can get a S80 nearly loaded for $50,000. With some options, and you are creeping into CTS-V territory, and already at a fully loaded CTS. This is a vehicle for people who HAVE to have that BMW badge. It doens't make sense to me, but then again, I am not a badge *****.
        Zoom
        • 4 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Is that why they don't put a Hyundai H on the hood of the Genesis?
        Justin Campanale
        • 4 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I agree that the price is steep. But Genesis? Come on. It's an excellent value for the money, but it doesn't frankly, have the same drving dynamics as the European choices and the Infiniti M37. Neither does it have the interior quality to match, and the ride leaves something to be desired.
      • 4 Years Ago
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