General Motors (GM) is aiming at a bright future in the automobile arena and the automaker is developing a slew of engines and cars to achieve the same. GM has just unveiled the all-new turbocharged, 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol motor. The new motor will join the ECOTEC family of turbo petrol engines from the company. General Motors’ ECOTEC range of turbo petrol engines rival Ford’s EcoBoost engines. On a similar note, the 1 litre ECOTEC engine will lock horns with the 1 litre EcoBoost engine that powers the EcoSport crossover in India.
The 1 litre turbocharged petrol unit will be available in two states of tune: 90 Bhp-166 Nm and 115 Bhp-116 Nm. The better part of the engine is yet to be told though. The peak torque of 166 Nm comes in at a low 1,800 rpm, which means that you will require less frequent gear changes. Lesser gear changes means more fuel efficiency.
The engine will come mated to a 6 speed manual transmission that is 36 kgs lighter than its previous version. Other bits on the tech packed engine include the variable valve timing system, a water cooled turbo charger, a Start-Stop system, a counter rotating balance shaft which helps reduce vibrations, an integrated exhaust manifold within the cylinder head, and a switchable water pump.
To reduce noise, vibration and harshness levels, the 1 liter-3 cylinder ECOTEC motor will feature a specially designed engine cover on its top and sides. The new turbo petrol engine from GM is said to return a fuel efficiency of 23.25 kilometres to a litre in European driving conditions on the Opel Adam, the first car that will receive the new engine.
If GM India decides to give the Indian car market a taste of a small capacity turbo petrol motor, the Chevrolet Adra compact SUV could be a possible recipient of the new engine. The compact crossover, which was recently shown at the Auto Expo 2014 in concept guise, is expected to hit production in 2016. In the coming years, General Motors will be replacing its entire naturally aspirated engine lineup with ECOTEC motors in small and medium cars.