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Peter Nefischer, head of engine development for BMW, has said the automaker is currently working on developing three-cylinder engines to be used across the company's vehicle line. The powerplants would likely be different than the one found in the BMW i8 and wouldn't be partnered with an electric motor. Instead, engineers would turn to forced induction to maintain acceptable power levels. Nefischer said engineers have gone as far as possible with current engine technology, and the next step is smaller, more powerful variants.

So, when can we expect to see a three-cylinder 3 Series hit the streets? According to the report, the vehicle could be here in two years. BMW has already demonstrated the sort of gains that can be made by dropping cylinder count. Just look at the F30 328i with the vehicle's impressive power and fuel economy as an example. Will BMW bring 3 Series to the table with half the cylinders of the tried-and-true I6? Stranger things have happened.


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      Cruising
      • 3 Years Ago
      So will this model have a super long name when it comes out? BMW 328i xDrive 4-1 = 3
      PJPHughes
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW should just bring us the 320d Effficient Dynamics version. 0-60 in 7.8 secs and 57+ US mpg is nothing to sneeze at.
      vc-10
      • 3 Years Ago
      People are forgetting that in the EU market the 3-series is available with small displacement diesels like the 116bhp 316d. I wouldn't be surprised if this engine got replaced with a 3-cyl, along with a similar petrol engine.
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      3 cylinder 3 series? sure, 3 cylinder 3 series in the USA? not so much
      adam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mark my words: tri-turbo three-cylinder.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just for those, who doesn't understand: This engine is NOT to replace the 328i. These engine is for those, who want something more efficient than a 316i. Because there are countries on this planet, which doesn't start a war, if their gas price raises to high.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      aatbloke1967
      • 3 Years Ago
      I highly doubt the 3-cylinder will make its way to the States, just as the majority of existing F30 3-series engine choices don't. But this engine makes sense for BMW to use in the 1-series and 3-series; the 3-series outsells the Mondeo in several European markets, which is rumoured to get the new 3-cyl 1.0 Ecoboost unit along with the Focus, B-Max and C-Max.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure they'll still call it the 328i, since it will have a turbo, and that totally makes the naming convention not matter.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        I think 323i or 325i makes more sense. The 328 only just recently went from I6 to I4T, I dont think they will be dropping another cylinder so soon. Also, 240hp out of a 1.5 3 cylinder is just looney, and might not be any more efficient than the 4 at those power levels. A 3 cylinder turbo gas/diesel with 150-180hp would be ok if they can keep the price sane. It is no more insane than an S280 Mercedes with a 4 cylinder diesel, I mean, you would wonder who would buy a $70k+ 2 ton full size luxury car with barely 200hp, but people would.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      'Stranger things have happened.' not so sure about that tbh
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      at least the Bluetooth will be standard in those cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
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          desinerd1
          • 3 Years Ago
          Just because BMW charged $400 for it until 2011 doesn't mean it is that expensive to make. My guess is, it costs between $20 and $30 to manufacture.
      MacProMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm.. not that surprised since the MINI line should be getting a 1.5l 3 cyl
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