With BMW’s new i Ventures division recently being announced the Munich-based automaker elaborate on plans to renovate two buildings in New York City as part of a larger push towards promoting sustainable mobility. In addition, BMW will officially introduction the production ActiveE electric car, and provide details on pricing.
The most relevant announcement to BMW customers, however, will be the return of 4-cylinder engines to the BMW lineup in North America, as well as the debut of the first model to use the new TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder mill.
In Europe the first car to get such an engine was the X1 xDrive 28i, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter making 245-hp at 5000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1250 rpm. That same engine is expected to replace the current 3.0-liter straight-six in much of the BMW lineup, delivering 13 fewer horsepower, but 30 more ft-lbs of torque. In the X1 model BMW claims an improvement of 0.7 seconds to 62 mph with the manual and 0.3 seconds with the automatic, resulting in a very impressive 6.1 second (or 6.5 second) 0-62 mph time. Also of note is a 4.8 mpg improvement on the Euro test cycle.
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