Latest Opel powertrain is Euro 6 compliant.
The General Motors Company has a jewel in Opel, a costly one at that. Still, its German operation continues to offer some of the best engineering across the company spectrum, fielding yet another new engine that we can only hope will eventually find its way to North America. As in a certain Chevrolet.
Last week, Opel took the wraps off of a 1.6-liter direct injection turbo-diesel engine. The new ECOTEC engine will replace an existing 1.7-liter TDI and will also be outfitted in some cars currently offering a 2.0-liter diesel variant.
Opel says that the new diesel offers as much as a 10 percent fuel savings over the current engine. Moreover, the diesel meets Euro 6 requirements for carbon monoxide, particulates, nitrogen oxides and combined emissions. Those standards apply to vehicles built from Sept. 2014 on and for new cars registered as of Jan. 2015.
The aluminum block turbo-diesel features closed-loop combustion control, technology that has a direct impact on reducing noxious oxides. CLCC ensures a more efficient burn rate, using sensors to measure, control and regulate engine temperature for improved efficiencies.
Commented Dr. Thomas Sedran, Deputy Chairman of the Opel Management Board, By the end of this year we will have launched three all-new generations of gasoline and diesel engines, as part of our roll-out of 23 new models and 13 new powertrains by 2016. Thats an astounding investment in power train technologies, which may explain why GM insists that it will keep Opel.
Engineers from Italy and the United States joined with their German colleagues to develop the new engine in-house. Production is slated to begin this spring at a manufacturing plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary.
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
In related news, Chevrolet will tap Opel for its 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, to be outfitted in select Cruze models this year. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is expected to roll out by summer 2013. By the time the next generation Chevy Cruze is introduced, it might gain Opel’s newest and more efficient diesel power plant.
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