Vauxhall-Opel will offer a new range of direct-injection 1.6 petrol units for the Astra this year that’s expected to replace its entire range of four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. These engines offer a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions due to its highly advanced refinements like turbocharging, double variable valve timing and even balancer shafts when necessary.
They’re all created to function in hybrid applications. CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke confirmed these plans as well as a €500 million investment related to this move just last week.
By 2014, the group will offer three all-new modular engine families: MGE (Mid-Size Gasoline); MGD (Mid-Size Diesel), also consisting primarily of 1.6s with different outputs; and SGE (Small Gas Engine), which offer three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol engines between 1.0 and 1.4 litres.
Stracke said that all of GM’s Family Zero engines will be replaced by 2014. GM’s future performance cars will run on four-pot turbos with outputs up to and beyond the Astra VXRís 276bhp. GM doesn’t plan to replace the current V6s with new designs. Stracke said that they will be developed when necessary but then he expects demand to drop.