Tighter emissions standards and fuel economy demands means we know BMW and Mercedes will return to four-cylinder engines in the U.S.; it’s just a question of how many versions will they bring? BMW North America’s CEO Jim O’Donnell said, "The plans will be firmed up when we have definite news from Washington on what the fuel standards are going to be."

BMW is no stranger to four-cylinder engines. It’s the four-cylinder engine that helped BMW get into modern car production. In fact, its headquarters in Munich, Germany was built in the shape of four cylinders as a tribute. So it’s almost ironic that BMW has not sold a car with a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. (one of its largest markets) for over a decade.

The first Bimmers in North America with the smaller engines should be the 1 and 3-Series lines, including the X1 and X3 SUVs. These smaller engines will likely also include turbochargers.

The return for Mercedes won’t be quite as dramatic. It only stopped selling turbo fours in the U.S.-bound C-Class cars in 2005. It will likely return the gas-powered turbocharged four-cylinder engine to the C-Class and add it to the GLK.

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Source: Automotive News

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3 comments:

  (318) posted on 04.29.2009

Most companies have to comply with the US fuel standards. And yes that is ironic that Bimmer does not sell 4 cy in the US. Its just hightime for it.

  (289) posted on 04.29.2009

Porsche is into to it, most car companies are into it. It a new way for many car companies for emission compliant cars

  (421) posted on 04.29.2009

This is good. Going to four cylinders with turbo chargers is not a bad idea. Plus you help reduce the emmision of CO2 footprint.

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