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Opel has revealed more details about their new powertrain family, finally revealing the performance figures for their new turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol family and the fact that there are plans to introduce an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Their new 1.6 SIDI – spark ignition direct injection – Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine will be available in two states of tune to start with.

The Eco Turbo tune is focused on efficiency and produces 125kW of power and 280Nm of torque, while in the Performance Turbo tune the power boosts up to 147kW and 300Nm.

According Opel, the new engines offer up to thirty percent more power and torque than the engines that they will be replacing and are thirteen percent more fuel efficient and cleaner-emitting while also claiming class-leading refinement and noise levels to boot.

It appears that the Opel Cascada convertible will be the first model to feature the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo motor – which will be built in Szentgotthard, Hungary, before its rollout across other models in the line-up.

The 1.6 SIDI Turbo will be one of the tree new engine families that will make up the 13 new engines and will power eighty percent of Opel’s entire vehicle range by 2016.

Opel has also confirmed the details of their first engine from its new all-aluminium 1.6 CDTI four-cylinder diesel family in January. This 100kW/320Nm engine will consume about 4.1 litres per 100km on the combined cycle while moving the Opel Zafira Tourer – it is expected to consume less than that in smaller models.

The end of this year will see the 1.6-litre duo joined by a new ‘small-displacement engine family’ – which is rumored to be a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit – meant for Opel’s city-sized and compact vehicles.

Opel has already invested 50 million euros to upgrade their existing five- and six-speed manual transmissions and they’re currently rolling them out into the Adam, Antara, Astra, Corsa, Insignia, Meriva, Mokka and Zafira models.

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