Word came down the pipe that BMW is looking to replace their 3.0 liter natural aspirated engine in the F10 BMW 528i with a four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant. The exchange is rumored to take place this summer when the new 528i will also be available in the United States with the xDrive option.
These news come shortly after today’s report by Automobile Magazine that BMW Z4 sDrive30i will receive the four-cylinder engine and change its naming convention in the North American market.
According to our sources, the 528i with xDrive was delayed due to the addition of the four-cylinder turbo.
If indeed BMW goes down the route of “28i” models powered by four-cylinder units, then we expect the next generation 3 Series and its 328i model to feature the same or a new four-cylinder engine. The move is somewhat expected, especially since BMW’s premium competitor Mercedes-Benz is introducing more four-cylinder powerplants in their US line-up.