BMW held a press event at their BMW of Manhattan facility on Monday to make a series of announcements pertaining to product launches and long-term vision. They discussed changes to the BMW of Manhattan buildings to make them more environmentally friendly and better able to serve customers. The big points from the event, however, were the launch of BMW’s ActiveE electric vehicle, and the return of 4 cylinder engines to the US.
BMW unveiled the ActiveE, essentially an electric version of the 1 Series, which is set to launch this fall to select metropolitan markets with an initial offering of 700 vehicles. The cars will be available for a 24 month lease at $499 per month with a $2,250 down payment.
Also unveiled was the new N20 TwinPower engine, the first of BMW’s new 4 cylinder engine offerings in the US market. The 2.0 liter engine produces 240hp and 260lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than the 6 cylinder it replaces in the current Z4 sDrive30i.
As a result of the new engine, BMW unveiled the first car to use it: the Z4 sDrive28i. Not much is different about this latest iteration of the roadster, aside from a striking Atacama Yellow option and the new powerplant. The car will arrive this fall, no word yet on pricing.