This version produces more torque than Ford’s 1.6 Ecoboost and BMW’s 1.6 TwinPower Turbo. Compared with the current 1.6L Turbo, GM claims to have cut CO2 emissions by 13%.
"In just twelve months we are launching three completely new engine generations. This shows how fast we are introducing new products," commented Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke. "Our new 1.6-litre direct injection engine is a real giant in terms of torque. Power builds up very smoothly and quietly,” explained Opel director of gasoline engines, Thomas Johnen. Production of the 1.6-litre Turbo will begin at GM's Szentgotthardt facility in Hungary in late 2012.
There is no word on which models this engine will find its way into but Opel says that it will feature across several car lines. A safe bet would be the Astra hatchback (above) and the Insignia sedan. Information on the other two engine families will be released in the coming months.
Opel Insignia sedan