Today, General Motors has announced that it will unveil the all-new Chevrolet Cruze sometime in 2014, and that the new compact vehicle range will utilize the all-new Ecotec engine family, beginning with the Chinese market.
The all-new D2XX-based Cruze will launch in China first, before going on sale in North America, explaining the reason that GM is rolling out the new motors in China before the U.S. of A.
As a whole, the next-gen Ecotec family line is to include 11 different engines, ranging from three to four cylinders, and displacing from 1.0L to 1.5L. These motors will range from a humble 75 hp (56 kW) and 70 pound-feet (95 Nm) of torque, to a more potent 165 hp and 184 pound-feet, while being compatible with FlexFuel, CNG, and battery technology. The engine family made its debut in the Opel Adam with the new turbo three-cylinder motor.
In the case of the all-new Cruze, a naturally-aspirated 1.5L and a turbo 1.4L motor have been chosen for the Chinese market. The 1.5L is estimated to produce 113 hp and 108 pound-feet of torque, while the turbo will push 140 horses and a notable 173 pound-feet.
By 2017, 2.5 million engines will be built annually across five manufacturing locations globally. These include:
- Flint, Michigan
- Shenyang, China
- Szentgothárd, Hungary
- Toluca, Mexico
- Changwon, South Korea
GM notes that producing the motors at the Flint plant alone will represent a $200 million investment in technology and tooling.