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General Motors reveals its new engine range


General Motors has just revealed its new engine range made of small-capacity engines that will be powering several global vehicles, including the next-gen Cruze small car.

Their new Ecotec engine range will see eleven different incarnations – the smallest variation being a 1.0-litre three-cylinder whilst the largest will be a 1.5-litre four-cylinder. Some of them will be naturally aspirate while others will be featuring turbo technology meant to improve their torque and efficiency – a move that has been gaining traction in the past couple of years with many car makers.

Overall the minimum power output will be of 56kW and maximum of 123kW, while torque will range between 95Nm and 250Nm – obviously it all depends on the engine you’re looking at. The company also claims that the engines are ready for hybrid applications and also that they can be powered by alternative fuels, while the new engines have been designed to run on regular unleaded as opposed to premium.

GM claims that their new engines will be offering “leading edge efficiency, refinement and durability” adding that the new engines are 50 percent quieter than Volkswagen’s EA211 1.4L four cylinder.

The new 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder will be available in the Open Adam in Europe while the 1.4-litre turbo and 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder powerplants will be part of the new generation Chevrolet Cruze in China, a model set to be revealed in late 2014 and go on sale shortly after.

The first iteration of this next-gen Cruze will be announced later in China this year but the all-new 2015 Cruze was developed specifically for consumer tastes and needs in China.

Differentiated variants will be available for other markets of course but there are no additional information related to those variants at the moment.

The new 1.4-litre turbo for the next-generation Cruze will be offering 110kW and 235Nm, up 7kW and 35Nm on the current-generation Cruze’s 1.4-litre engine. GM claims better fuel use by up to five percent and that the engine will be debuting a new dual-clutch automatic transmission in China.

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