How BMW wants to drive ahead with four-cylinder engines
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The new economical and powerful four-cylinder engine will first be used in the BMW X1.
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The X1 is the youngest member of the BMW family of off-road vehicles.
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Compared to the six-cylinder, the smaller engine offers 13 hp less, but it is also 2000 euros cheaper.
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This is what the new four-cylinder engine looks like, which is first installed under the bonnet of the BMW X1.
BMW wants to strengthen its mid-range cars with new four-cylinder engines. Their principle is simple: they offer more performance. And use less.
B.Nobody can fool BMW when it comes to six-cylinder engines. With their TwinPower turbos and direct injection, the Bavarians offer the best technology for a combination of emotion and efficiency. With the smaller gasoline engines, however, things look different. There, VW in particular scores with its twin chargers that combine turbo and compressor.
But now BMW is launching a new generation of four-cylinder engines that have many of the good properties of the large engines. Constructed like the six-cylinder with double turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve control, the two-liter promises more power with noticeably lower consumption, especially in mid-range cars from three to five. With 245 hp, the new engine has 75 hp more than the most powerful two-liter unit from BMW to date.
The new engine family makes its debut in the small X1 28i off-road vehicle, in which it replaces the previous three-liter six-cylinder. Although the power is nominally reduced by 13 hp, the engine offers a torque of up to 350 Newton meters, a new manual transmission and the option of an eight-speed automatic. This means that the little off-roader drives much faster than before.
When sprinting to 100 km / h, the handset makes 0.7 seconds and reaches the target value in 6.1 seconds. For the version with automatic, BMW still reports a time gain of 0.3 seconds at 6.5 seconds. The maximum speed in both cases is 240 km / h.
The fuel consumption advantage of the new engine is even more impressive: in the manual switch, for which there is an automatic start-stop system as standard, and with the automatic, the four-cylinder only needs 7.9 liters. That is 1.5 liters or 16 percent less than the previous six-cylinder.
But the customer can save not only at the petrol station. Because four cylinders cost less than six, BMW also passes a price advantage on to customers: At 40,400 euros, the new X1 28i costs exactly 2000 euros less than the old one.
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