New 1.6-liter diesel engine continues powertrain renewal at Opel
January 16, 2013
- New family of state-of-the-art, four-cylinder, 1.6-liter diesel engines
- Class-leading refinement, high power/torque density
- Fuel consumption reduced by up to 10 percent
- Compliant with future Euro 6 emissions requirements
Opel continues the fundamental renewal of its powertrain portfolio with an all-new four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine. The second family of new downsized power units to be introduced after the gasoline 1.6-liter SIDI ECOTEC, the 1.6-liter CDTI ECOTEC diesels will replace existing 1.7-liter engines and certain lower powered versions of the 2.0-liter range.
Featuring closed-loop combustion control and an aluminum block, the new 1.6 CDTI ECOTEC is the first diesel from Opel to comply with future Euro 6 emissions requirements. The engine will be available in a variety of power outputs across several carlines.
Class-leading attenuation of noise, vibration and harshness, high power/torque density and low fuel consumption were the main development objectives. Initially maximum power and torque have been increased versus the 1.7-liter engine to 136 hp and 320 Newton meters respectively, while fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10 percent compared with similarly powerful 2.0-liter diesels.
“The comprehensive renewal of our powertrain portfolio continues at wide-open throttle,” said Dr. Thomas Sedran, Deputy Chairman of the Opel Management Board. “Our new 1.6-liter diesel will set benchmarks for refinement, performance and environmental compatibility. 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.”
The new 1.6-liter diesel and its innovative engine control unit have been entirely developed in-house by a global team of engineers in Turin, Ruesselsheim and the USA. This approach has enabled a comprehensive system optimization from the very beginning of the design process. Beginning in spring, the 1.6 CDTI ECOTEC will be manufactured at the same “flex plant” as the new 1.6-liter gasoline engine, in Szentgotthard in Hungary.