Opel working on a new engine range which will arrive between 2013 and 2016

Article by Christian A., on October 15, 2011

A completely new engine range from Opel/Vauxhall will arrive between 2013 and 2016. This lineup will include a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel and a sub-100g/km three-cylinder petrol unit. Vauxhall said that three engine families will arrive, of which the highlight is the MDE (medium diesel engine). This is a 1.6-litre turbodiesel that has an output that ranges from 100bhp to 140bhp.

It will start selling in 2013. The MDE will serve as the replacement of the 1.3 CDTi powerplants (that have higher outputs) and the evergreen 1.7 CDTi, the No. 1 Astra engine in the UK in terms of popularity.

Rita Forst, GM’s European engineering boss, said that the company is pouring in plenty of investment in new powertrains that meet Euro 6 standards and would make sure that Vauxhall remains on top of its class. Direct injection will be used in the entire lineup of new petrol engines. The capacity of the SGE (small gasoline engine) will range from 1.0 to 1.4 litres.

Meanwhile, the MGE (medium gasoline engine) will be a 1.6. The 1.0-litre unit, which has three cylinders, will be used on the Junior hatch, an upmarket supermini that’s meant to rival the Mini and Fiat 500.

However, this won’t be seen during the launch of the Junior next autumn during the Paris auto show since it can’t be ready in time. What Vauxhall will do instead is to add the triple to the range around a year after its launch. This would be when the SGE family will enter production.

The three new engine families will be produced at a new factory in Hungary that cost £420 million to build and has a capacity of 500,000 engines each year. In addition, Vauxhall is increasing the power output of the 2.0-litre Family B diesel engine.

A second turbo will be added to raise peak output to 200bhp, making it the most potent version. Internal modifications will be made to the Family II petrol engine in order to enhance power, efficiency and emissions. It will go on sale in the later part of 2015 and is guaranteed to be available by the time the EU6 rules take effect. [source: Autocar]

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