Opel/Vauxhall have announced technical details of the new 1.6-litre turbocharged SIDI ECOTEC, the first unit that will soon be replacing the current range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.6-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) ECOTEC will be manufactured at General Motors Szentgotthardt facility (Hungary) in late 2012. The most powerful version will be delivering 197 hp at 4,700 rpm and 300 Nm from 1,700 rpm. Opel/Vauxhall announces that the new 1.6-litre will have both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by 13% compared to the current engine, thanks to direct injection and Start/Stop system.
“In just twelve months we are launching three completely new engine generations. This shows how fast we are introducing new products,” said Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Opel CEO. The new 1.6-litre will be soon joined by other two units, petrol and diesel, although the German carmaker has not revealed any details, yet.