In addition to debuting Chevrolet’s latest design evolution and introducing new features for the brand, General Motors has announced that the all-new Chevy Seeker features the most powerful turbocharged 1.5L engine in its class.
SAIC-GM confirmed that the all-new Chevy Seeker is powered by GM’s new eighth-generation turbocharged 1.5L Ecotec engine, officially revealing full powertrain details for Chevrolet‘s new global model for the first time. This new four-cylinder engine debuted last year with the launch of the Buick Verano Pro and makes the Seeker the most powerful crossover in the C-segment.
As such, the Chevy Seeker’s turbocharged 1.5L engine generates a class-leading 135 kW or 181 horsepower, along with 250 Nm or 184 pound-feet of torque available from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm. This represents a seven percent higher output than the 1.5L LYX I4 engine used in the current Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain, peaking at 170 horsepower, although it does generate more torque at 203 pound-feet.
GM claims that this configuration of the 1.5T engine allows the Chevy Seeker to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, making it a fun-to-drive, responsive crossover. At the same time, the latest-generation mill is more efficient than its predecessors, and in the Seeker, it offers a combined city/highway fuel consumption rating of 6.5 L/100 km or 36.2 U.S. mpg under the strictest WLTC test procedures.
Additionally, the Chevy Seeker’s powertrain is complemented by a state-of-the-art continuously variable automatic transmission, the only gearbox announced so far. According to the manufacturer, this new “Smart CVT” is the first steel-chain frame, front-wheel-drive transverse transmission in its class, with a speed ratio range of up to 7.01, making it significantly more efficient than a traditional steel-belt-driven CVT.
The all-new Chevy Seeker, which is built on the GM VSS-F vehicle set, will be shown to the public for the first time this week at the 2022 Chengdu Motor Show, ahead of its imminent official launch in the Chinese market. The Seeker will be manufactured in China, but is expected to be announced in other international markets during the second half of this year as well. As GM Authority exclusively reported, the Seeker could be the compact crossover that GM will build in South Korea starting in 2023.