Keeping up the game with other global players, General Motors announced the launch of a new family of small-displacement Ecotec engines including a 1.0 liter three-cylinder unit, and two 1.4 and 1.5 liter four-cylinder engines.
The new GM small-displacement Ecotec lineup will power the manufacturer’s highest-volume small cars and compact crossovers – including the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze specifically tailored for China, which launches in 2014 as a 2015 model. The first of the series, a 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder for the Opel ADAM, is already in business in Europe.
The next applications will include the 1.4L turbocharged and 1.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines for the 2015 next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in China. In total, the lineup will include 11 different variants – turbo and non-turbo – with power ratings ranging from 75 horsepower (56 kW) to 165 horsepower (123 kW), and torque ranging from 70 lb-ft (95 Nm) to 184 lb-ft (250 Nm).
The design of GM GM small-displacement Ecotec engine is clever, too. They are designed to support hybrid propulsion systems and alternative fuels. What’s more, the turbochargers in these engines deliver superb performance while enhancing the economy, and they are said to have much greater NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) level than the rivals.