Opel develops next-gen gasoline four-cylinder for Groupe PSA


Opel has announced it will take on global responsibility for the development of the next-generation gasoline engines for all Groupe PSA brands at its engineering center in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

The next generation of four-cylinder engines will be optimized for operation in combination with electric motors and will be used in hybrid drivetrain systems. Market-introduction will begin in 2022.

Designated for all Groupe PSA brands in China, Europe and North America, the new powerplants will be designed to meet all future emission standards.

The power units feature state-of-the-art technologies such as direct-injection, turbocharging and variable valve control. The engines are designed to offer high-efficiency, low fuel consumption and low CO2 values.

“Rüsselsheim already had global responsibility for engine development when we were still part of GM, with the development of the new generation of four-cylinder gasoline engines, we can exploit one of our key competencies,” said managing director of engineering at Opel, Christian Müller.

The economic direct-injection, in combination with hybrid technology, will consolidate the strong position of Groupe PSA in lowering CO2 emissions.”

Engineers at Rüsselsheim Engineering Center are now developing the new all-aluminum 1.6-liter engine generation on the basis of the current Groupe PSA four-cylinder PureTech units.

In addition to the responsibility for the new engine family, the engineering team also leads the development of light commercial vehicles for the entire group. This includes the development of LCV platforms and modules from advanced development to production maturity.


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