BMW Will Offer Three-Cylinder Engine in US

BMW didn’t bring as many cars as we originally thought they would to the Paris Motor Show, but the Active Tourer Concept is more important than we originally thought, not because it previews the 1-Series Gran Turismo, but because it’s engine is a game changer.
BMW Active Tourer Concept 1 photo
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We are of course talking about the 1.5-liter three-cylinder motor that this use, which previews the lineup of TwinPower petrol and diesel three-bangers that will go into a number of BMWs.

On the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show, a source with BMW told Autonews that the three-cylinder will be sold in US models as well. This is pretty obvious, since the 1-Series GT is built on the same platform as the next MINI Cooper hatchback, with is sure to use only these new engines. In addition, the advanced i8 hybrid-electric supercar will be sold in the US, and it’s also got a 1.5-liter in the back.

In petrol form, the 1.5-liter will produce anywhere from 120 to 220 hp and 180-240 Nm of torque. In addition, BMW head of marketing Ian Robertson told Autonews that the 1.5 TwinPower “behaves like a six-cylinder, is half-of a six-cylinder and has the noise of a six-cylinder.”

While we’re not included to believe it sounds like a 335i, there’s nothing particularly magical about the 1.6-liter engine in the MINI Cooper.
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