But small diesels, big gasoline engines are likely to be shed
in Automotive News Europe, by Luca Ciferri, 28-06-2019
BMW expects diesels to survive for at least 20 more years and gasoline engines for at least 30 years, Froelich said.
“We see areas without a recharging infrastructure such as Russia, the Middle East and the western, internal part of China so they will rely on gasoline engines for another 10 to 15 years,” Froelich said.
While internal combustion engines are set to remain at BMW for a while, their portfolio will shrink drastically.
In addition, BMW’s 400-hp, six-cylinder diesel that is offered in the 750d upper-premium car won’t be replaced because it is too expensive and too complicated to build, Froelich said, adding that the engine has four turbochargers.
BMW will still continue to develop four- and six-cylinder diesels, but they will have no more than three turbos.
On the gasoline side, the days of the V-12 engine are numbered.
“Each year, we have to invest to update the V-12 to new emissions regulations, particularly in China,” Froelich said. “And when the V-12 accounts for about 5,000 sales a year globally, this includes Rolls-Royce, the cost of these updates is several thousand euros per unit.”
Surprisingly, the BMW executive also said the company is working on a business case to keep its V-8 gasoline engine.
“Six-cylinder units coupled with plug-in hybrid applications already deliver more than 500 kW (680 hp) of power and enough torque to destroy any transmission,” Froelich said.