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The replacement powerhead for the current OXE200 turbo diesel engine series is almost certain to be from BMW as OXE Marine AB has entered into a Preliminary Development Agreement (PDA) with the BMW Group to carry out a preliminary study of its 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine for marine application.

The current OXE200 series utilises GM’s 2 litre, 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine however this specific powerhead is now reaching end of life (a sufficient number of powerheads have been secured to fulfil 2021 production).

The PDA enables both companies to assesses whether the marinized BMW powerhead will meet OXE’s requirements, especially that of producing 200hp at the propeller and 400Nm of torque at the crank, whilst meeting all pertinent emission regulations. OXE Marine states it is confident this engine will meet all its requirement to power the next generation of the OXE200 series.

Following the successful collaboration with the BMW Group in marinizing its 3 litre, 6 cylinder bi-turbo engine for use in the OXE300s, both parties have additionally agreed to co-brand the OXE300; further developing OXE Marine’s marketing and sales strategy with the aim of promoting the premium quality of the product. The BMW logo and the caption “In cooperation with BMW” will be used.

Myron Mahendra, CEO, OXE Marine AB said, “I am really pleased of our collaboration with the BMW Group with respect to the OXE300 Bison project. They have set the example of an ideal collaboration partner, providing all the necessary resources and support in making not only the development of the product a success but also assisting with production standards and promoting the product from a sales and marketing standpoint. Not surprisingly, both parties are keen to continue their collaboration and have entered into a PDA to assess the marinization of 4-cylinder diesel engine for the next generation of the OXE200 series – I am confident the powerhead will meet all our requirements and am excited for our future as we continue to improve and broaden our product offering”.

“OXE Marine offers the BMW Group a chance to re-enter the marine business after several years of absence. We therefore decided to take up the challenge and support this outstanding development project transforming a BMW 6-cylinder automotive diesel into an outboard engine. It turned out to be a very professional collaboration with OXE Marine in all aspects with a very unique product as an outcome, especially since the state of the art BMW-Diesel Technology helps to significantly reduce the CO2-Footprint of outboard engines. Therefore, we are looking forward to the next challenge using the 4-cylinder diesel engine as a basis for the OXE200.”, says Uwe Breitweg, BMW Vice President Powertrain Systems Business Customers.

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