With new CAFE regulations looming on the horizon, BMW
are considering bringing four-cylinder models back to the States. BMW's development of new four-pots have been widely reported over the last year, with the automaker confirming
work on a direct injected, twin-turbocharged four, likely to be fitted on the next generation 1 and 3 series, due to arrive in 2012. The new mill is also slated to be equipped on the X1
, and according to the automaker, the powerplants will deliver the same output as the current in-line sixes, but with better fuel economy
and lower emissions. However, the development of an all-new engine is expensive, and BMW will pass along the cost to consumers, despite BMW's claim that buyers aren't willing to pay for advanced technology.
As for Mercedes-Benz, aside from the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel that debuted on the E250 Bluetech concept
, little is known about the automaker's plans for four-bangers in the States. Although the concept, unveiled at the New York Auto Show
, was equipped to an E-Class
, don't expect a gasoline-powered four to be fitted on a future E – the new engine will likely find a home in the C-Class
and GLK CUV
sometime in the next few years.
[Source: Automotive News
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