BMW not planning four-cylinder 7-Series

Posted on November 10, 2010

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Mercedes-Benz is about to launch a four-cylinder version of its flagship S-Class model, but don’t expect cross-country rival BMW to follow suit. BMW says it has no plans to offer a four-cylinder variant of its top-level 7-Series sedan.

In a bid to satisfy wealthy buyers with an eco-friendly side, Mercedes-Benz will soon launch a version of its S-Class sedan with a 2.2L four-cylinder diesel engine. The S250 CDI generates 204 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, but the real emphasis is on the car’s Imperial rating of 42mpg.

Despite the obvious fuel-savings advantage, BMW says it will not follow Mercedes down the four-cylinder path. “I like selling 7-Series cars with six- and eight- cylinders,” said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. However, BMW will soon launch a hybrid version of its flagship 7-Series.

BMW recently shuffled its U.S. 7-Series lineup, ditching the previously standard eight-cylinder engine for a more fuel efficient six-cylinder unit.

Source: Left Lane

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