In an industry-wide effort to increase fuel economy, automakers have made a conscious effort to downsize engines. For example, a turbocharged V8 in the all-new BMW M5 replaces the naturally aspirated V10 from the outgoing model. Ford’s EcoBoost V6 in the F-150 has been biting chunks away from less economical V8 sales. And GM placed a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine into the Buick Regal GS, where many first expected a V6.
This will be the trend for the foreseeable future. But despite the emphasis on petroleum portion control, engineers have also made great efforts pulling out as much horsepower and torque as possible from these downsized engines, making them both more powerful and efficient than most of the larger engines these marvels of engineering have gone to replace.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that The General is reportedly planning to debut an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot in the near future — most likely in what we know as the upcoming Cadillac ATS — that will be capable of churning out power figures between 270 and 280 horsepower, or possibly more.
The new engine will be part of the latest Ecotec line that includes the all-new 2.5-liter engine announced for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. But more importantly, that power rating will smack around the larger and less efficient 3.0-liter V6 featured in the BMW 328i, and is powerful enough to phase out the 270 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 that GM currently has in vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS and GMC Terrain. Additionally, if these power ratings hold true, there’s a nice division in power between this new high-output Ecotec and the 312 horsepower 3.6-liter LFX V6. Less is more? In this case, absolutely.