If you’re not eagerly awaiting the arrival of GM’s all-new 1.6 liter turbocharged SIDI Ecotec engine that’s capable of making some serious power while delivering respectable fuel economy, then chances are there may be something seriously wrong with you. Maybe. All we know is the 300 Nm (221 lb.-ft. of torque) and 202 PS (200 hp) four-banger that will first find its way into the Opel Cascada can’t come soon enough to replace several outdated engines in GM’s lineup (we’re looking at you, 1.4 liter LUJ). And complementing the 1.6 liter turbo SIDI launching this April in the Cascada will be the recently-announced all-new 1.6 liter turbo-diesel CDTI engine — whose arrival we’re also eagerly awaiting.
According to an Opel press release, the all-new 1.6 turbo-diesel will commence production at the GM/Opel plant in Szentgotthard (St. Gotthard), Hungary in the spring of 2013. This is the first time Opel and/or GM have provided a timeframe for the rollout of the new diesel mill, which is part of the automakers’ engine overhaul program.
Editor’s note: a previous version of this article reported that the 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engine would commence production in the spring of 2013. That is inaccurate, as this engine commenced production at the end of 2012. We thank GM Authority reader Observer7 for setting us straight.