General Motors’ Opel brand has adopted a new baby 2.0 liter into its family of fuel-efficient diesels, and the engine has just begun production at the Kaiserslautern plant.
The new four-cylinder diesel, with performance quoted at 170 HP and a very impressive 295 ft-lbs of torque, is set to appear in the flagship Opel Insignia full-size sedan (pictured), as well as the Zafira Tourer compact MPV. It’s also smoother and quieter than preceding Opel diesel plants, by a measured 5 decibels at idle.
This new 2.0 CDTI mill is, according to Opel, just the first of a new generation of large diesels – not that most would call 2.0 liters particularly large. It is already fully compliant with the strict Euro 6 emissions standards.
“The plant in Kaiserslautern is making a valuable contribution to Opel’s powertrain offensive by producing the youngest member of the two-liter diesel engine family. We are proud to have been chosen to build this high-tech engine,” said Opel Kaiserslautern Provisional Plant Manager Peter Winternheimer. Other entries into this generation of Opel diesel mills will be developed by engineers in Torino, Rüsselsheim, and North America.