If you haven’t heard, Opel is on a mission… a mission to profitability. And one of the ways in which the company is planning to turn itself around is by introducing three completely new gas and diesel engine families over the course of the next 12 months.
In effect, Opel will fundamentally replace the core of its current engine range with new powerplants, aiming to lead in fuel consumption, power, and noise levels. The first engine of the upcoming trio is a 1.6 liter (1.598 cc) spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) Ecotec with start/stop technology.
The mill will be available in various power outputs across several Opel car lines and is characterized by smooth acceleration, strong pulling power, and low noise and fuel consumption levels. It’s capable of producing up to 187.5 Nm of torque per liter of displacement, giving it a maximum torque capacity of 300 Nm (221 lb.-ft.) at 1,700 RPM and up to 200 hp at 4,700 RPM. Compared to the outgoing 1.6 turbo Ecotec, the new unit cuts fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 13 percent.
Production is set to begin in late 2012 at GM’s Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary.
The GM Authority Take
Which GM enthusiast hasn’t been waiting for this announcement? The boosted four-banger will most likely be available across the entire Opel model range as well as the rest of GM’s lineup, perhaps with the exception of Cadillac. Either way, we’re glad that Ecotec will finally give EcoBoost a true run for its money… and could this be the engine we’ve been waiting to be placed into a performance variant of the Cruze and/or Sonic?