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BMW has announced an all-new 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder petrol/gasoline engine in the X1 xDrive28i which marks a new direction for the premium brand.

The new 2.0 unit is modeled on the 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder engine and features BMW's TwinPower Turbo technology. It comes with an all-aluminum crankcase, twin-scroll turbocharging system, high precision solenoid injectors for the direct-injection system and Valvetronic - the variable valve control system from BMW.

All told the configuration is good for an output of 245 PS/180 kW (242 bhp) and a torque rating of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft).

On the all-wheel drive X1 xDrive28i fuel-economy with the new 2.0 liter turbo power plant comes in at 7.9 liters/100 km on the EU test cycle. Acceleration is 6.1 seconds with the manual transmission on the 0 to 100 km/h run (6.5 seconds with the automatic).

The X1 xDrive28i comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and BMW EfficientDynamics technology which includes regenerative braking and a stop/start system. BMW's 8-speed automatic is available as an option on the X1 xDrive28i. 

Expect the 2.0-liter turbo to be rolled out to the Z4 and 5-Series later in the year.

Gallery: BMW 2.0 liter turbo engine announced - debut in X1 xDrive28i

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