BMW is stepping up its downsizing game by putting a three-cylinder engine in the 3-series saloon.
Next couple of years is when you can expect to see a 3-cylinder 3er on the market, according to BMW’s head of engine development, Peter Nefischer. That’s the best they can do to keep the internal combustion engine without sullying it with hybrids and stuff.
At this point you might be thinking such car won’t move, but the 3-Cylinder engine BMW is proposing for the 3-series will come with all sort of features like turbochargers and fancy injectors to deliver satisfying performance. Otherwise, no body would fall for it just because it burns less fuel.
It’s unlikely for this model to get a hybrid system to help it, as BMW is reserving its hybrd technologies for six-cylinder petrol models.