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Opel’s new engine family

By SYF77 on 17 May 2012

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Opel has just announced that it will be replacing the core of its petrol and diesel engines within the next year with three brand new engine families. For the time being, Opel has revealed details on one engine family which is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and start/stop technologies.

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Opel says the new SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) ECOTEC petrol unit will be offered across several car lines in various states of tune with the most potent version delivering 197hp at 4,700rpm and 300Nm from as low as 1,700rpm.

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

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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