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BMW adds to 4-cylinder parade with 2012 528i sedan

July 1, 2011 | 11:16 am

007_530d Hoping to tap into a growing pool of fuel-conscious car buyers, BMW is offering a new four-cylinder option.

The 2012 BMW 528i sedan will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, the German automaker said Friday. BMW said earlier that it would also offer a four in its new Z4 sports car.

More than a decade ago, BMW stopped selling the engines because the company assumed its luxury buyers wanted the bigger V-6 versions. Now, the four-cylinder in the 528i will have more power and 30% more torque than the 2011 model’s 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder.

To further spruce up the vehicle, the 2012 version will also have all-wheel drive and a function that limits idling by switching off the engine when the car is stationary at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic. There’s also a mode that can adjust heating and cooling inside the car to minimize fuel use.


The vehicle will arrive in the U.S. in the fall.



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Photo (top): The 2012 528i.

Photo (bottom): TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine. Credit: BMW USA.