The successor of the BMW 328i, the 330i, was introduced today in Munich. In both the E46 and E90 generations, the 330i moniker was reserved for a BMW powered by a six-cylinder engine. But now, for the first time in its history, the 330i will be powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
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The 2.0 liter B48 unit in the 330i will develop 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to get 6.5-5.5 liters per 100km (36 mpg US). The 330i will also be able to reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is properly quick. It also greatly reduces carbon emissions from the outgoing 2.0 four. It can send the power to the rear or all four wheels. The consumption could be reduced by more than 12 percent as the 330i comes with an eight-speed automatic and standard size 225 tires.
The new petrol-powered engines integrate the turbocharger into the exhaust manifold, to create a shorter distance for the exhaust gases to travel, therefore reducing spool times and creating a faster response. Each engine will carry an in-line design as well as a displacement of 500 cc per cylinder. They will be built using a thermally optimized, all-aluminum construction.
Judging by the U.S. press release, the Americans will still get the 328i model with the previous engine which develops 240 horsepower.
Here are some live photos of the BMW 330i: