The new 2012 BMW 3-Series may be offered with three-cylinder engines within the next two years, according to Peter Nefischer, BMW’s head of engine development. A What Car? report revealed that BMW ‘is working on three-cylinder engines throughout the range and that they could be available on the 3 Series within a couple of years.
Nefischer said that engine technology has nearly reached its full extent with the present standard internal combustion engines. He added that smaller units would be the next step. He said that “downsizing will go further, with smaller, more powerful engines.”
Turbochargers will be integrated with these smaller engines so that their power could be raised and would be enough for a car that’s as big as the 3 Series. Any three-cylinder unit would not be the same as the one that will be used for the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid supercar, which will arrive in the UK in 2013.
These new three-cylinder 3 Series models aren’t likely to get an electric motor for additional power since BMW intends to keep the majority of its hybrid projects to six-cylinder petrol models. These three-cylinder petrol engines are common in city cars like the VW Up.
The Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost will start to sell later this month. It comes with a three-cylinder petrol engine that would be used on bigger cars like the Grand C-Max or maybe even on the 2013 Ford Mondeo.