General Motors has taken the wraps off three newly-developed engines, showing the future of fuel-efficient engines across the globe.
These engines will initially be offered in Asia and Europe, and will eventually make their way into vehicles right here in Cedar Rapids.
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The three engines were developed to fit GM’s global portfolio. They were designed with a modular system, meaning they have interchangeable parts that make them easy to for flexible arraignment and replacement.
- 1.0L three-cylinder turbo
- 1.4L four-cylinder
- 1.5L four-cylinder
Although GM hasn’t announced what American vehicles will hold these engines, Steve Kiefer, GM vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering, said that the company hopes to use the engines is 27 different models by 2017.
GM leaders have said that the first vehicles to get the engines will be the Opel ADAM in Europe and a model of the Chevy Cruze intended for the Chinese market.
Possible American recipients of these smaller engines include the Chevy Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, and Sonic. This is simple speculation based on the size of these vehicles and their current availability with a four-cylinder engine.
The Chevy Cruze seems like the obvious choice for one of more of these new engines. With the China model and the current availability of a 1.4L, it would not be surprising to see the Cruze carry these engines on American highways.
All three of the engines will use advanced technology to enhance fuel-efficiency without reducing power. Like GM’s larger engines that power their trucks and SUVs, the new engines will use direct injection and variable valve timing.
The new 1.4L turbo, which is slotted for the Chevy Cruze in China, is expected to deliver 148 horsepower. The 1.0L turbo in the Opel Adam is expected to provide similar power to the 1.6L engine it replaces, while providing a 20% boost in fuel-efficiency.
“Along with performance and efficiency targets, we’ve also aimed for segment-leading refinement with low noise and vibration – and we’ve hit the bulls-eye.”
– Tom Sutter, Global Chief Engineer
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