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Opel/Vauxhall to unveil all-new 1-liter turbo engine

Opel/Vauxhall will unveil an all-new 1-liter three–cylinder gasoline engine at next month’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, ahead of its debut in the Adam city car next year.
Known as SGE (small gasoline engine), the 1-liter spark ignition direct injection (SIDI) turbo develops 115ps and delivers low-end torque of 166Nm from 1,800rpm to 4,700rpm, while fuel efficiency is improved by 20% compared with the current 1.6-liter naturally aspirated unit that powers the Astra.
Set to appear first in the Adam next year with an all-new six-speed gearbox, the 12-valve, 1-liter turbo is the first in a new, modular family of three and four-cylinder Opel/Vauxhall gasoline engines up to 1.6-liters.
Technologies such as direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and a lightweight aluminum cylinder-block all contribute to the engine’s efficiency. Opel/Vauxhall expects the new engine family to deliver fuel economy and CO2 emissions significantly lower than 100g/km.
“In developing this small engine, we not only set out minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. We also wanted to demonstrate that three cylinders can be just as refined as four or more,” said Dr Matthias Alt, chief engineer, small gasoline engines. “We tackled at source the balance, noise and vibration issues typical of conventional three-cylinder engines, and we’re confident customers will be pleasantly surprised by the results.”
The launch of the new engine and its new six-speed gearbox is the latest step in the renewal of Opel/Vauxhall’s powertrain portfolio, which will see three new engine families and 13 new engines introduced between 2012 and 2016, plus a host of new transmissions.
The program began with the launch of the first engines in new mid-size gasoline and diesel families. These 1.6-liter turbo units are now joined by the 1-liter turbo, as the first example of new, small displacement engine family. All will be built at GM’s new Szentgotthard plant in Hungary, where gasoline and diesel engines are produced on a shared assembly line.

7 August 2013


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