Opel/Vauxhall’s newest small gasoline engine family to debut in September

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2012

The latest small gasoline engine lineup of Opel/Vauxhall is set for launch in September at the Paris motor show in the Junior minicar. Parent company General Motors Co. and its Chinese partner SAIC are jointly developing the small engine range of three-cylinder and four-cylinder units with displacements ranging from 1.0 liters to 1.4 liters.

The engines have turbocharging and direct injection capability. They are also Euro 6-compliant. Opel has not disclosed which automobile will be first fitted with the small engine.

However, sources have revealed that there is a possibility that it would be the company's new minicar, dubbed Junior. SAIC will manufacture the engines in China for use in its Roewe and MG units. Opel will produce the engines in Hungary. According to Opel, the engines will boost fuel economy by 10% over current engines. They will also increase torque by 20%. 

Jeff Lux, Opel's head of powertrain engineering, disclosed that the new small engines (together with new medium-sized engines including a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline and a 1.6-liter diesel unit) will have replaced a "substantial" amount of the brand's present engines by the "end of the decade."

He disclosed that the new small engines will be utilized across the model range of Opel, adding that there are "increasingly broader applications for them." The Insignia mid-sized car is a candidate. Its entry-level engine is the present 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. Also, the powertrain lineup will be utilized by other GM brands.

Lux revealed that there will be a "role" for them in the U.S. Moreover, Lux revealed that the lineup of medium engines will be seen "within two years."

Opel is expanding its Szentgotthard facility in Hungary to manufacture the small and medium engines in an effort to increase production capacity to 500,000 a year. SAIC and GM are also creating a dual-clutch transmission, which can accept torque of at most 250 newton meters initially. It can accommodate bigger outputs in the future. Lux shared that they see a "wide spread of applications for it."

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