Bavarian carmaker BMW offered us some more information on their new 3-cylinder engine family. Apparently, they plan to introduce the 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo engine in a production model sometime next year. The units have a turbocharger, direct injection, variable load control and Valvetronic variable valve control, for the petrol versions. Actually, the diesel and the petrol engines have a lot in common, so 60% when it comes to components and another 40% in terms of structure, to be more precise. This only means, the carmaker will be able of saving a lot when it comes to production and developments costs.
The 3-cylinders were designed for thermodynamic efficiency, smooth, quiet operation and a lot of enjoyment and it has a capacity of around 500cc. To reduce the vibrations, the engineers have offered a torsional vibration damper, which also offers a very smooth and comfortable ride.
Unfortunately there is no official information available that presents the outputs, but we do know, the petrol unit will have outputs ranging from 122 to 124 PS and from 180 to 240 Nm of torque. The diesel variants will produce starting with 82 PS and up to 184 PS and with 225 to 330 Nm of torque. The power produced in each cylinder is between 30 and 55 kW, so this means around 60 to 80 Nm of torque in terms of petrol engine and the cylinders in the diesel each produce between 20 and 45 kW which means 75 to 110 Nm of torque.
Even if the Germans move fast towards the electrification of its vehicles, they still have a lot to offer when it comes to conventional engines. This is the first time both petrol and diesel engines can be manufactured in the same time in the engine production facilities of the BMW Group.
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