New 1.4 Ecotec Turbo for 2015 Opel Astra Delivers 125 and 150 HP

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New 1.4 Ecotec Turbo for 2015 Opel Astra Delivers 125 and 150 HPNew 1.4 Ecotec Turbo for 2015 Opel Astra Delivers 125 and 150 HP
Opel today detailed the 1.4-liter Ecotec direct injection turbo engine for the 2015 Opel Astra. This is a brand new all-aluminum mill, and its specs are different to what we were told originally.
Instead of just one output, there are two available: 125 and 150 PS. They perfectly mirror what Volkswagen, Skoda and SEAT offer with their 1.4 TSI. Coincidence? We don't think so. They will be a valid alternative for the buyers who want the performance of a 2-liter diesel (most have 150 PS), but don't want to spend as much.

The 1.4 is described as being "the big brother of the one-liter, three-cylinder unit" that you find in the Adam and Corsa. Many of the technologies are shared, including thermal management and fuel injection.

Both the 1.0 and 1.4 turbos are part of Opel's strategy to have 17 new engines brought to market from 2014 to 2018.

How much torque do these turbos offer? 245 Newton meters from 2,000 rpm, meaning they can be compared to an old 2-liter atmospheric unit. Yet when you're changing your gears at the right time, the combined fuel consumption can be as little as 4.9 l/100km.

“Our new turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with central direct injection is part of the newly designed small gasoline engine family and embodies its attributes ‘powerful, efficient and cultivated.' The all-aluminum unit is not only environmentally friendly but also sets new standards in driving comfort,”
said Christian Müller, VP of GM Powertrain Engineering Europe.

GM's factory in Szentgotthárd handles the series production of these engines, which aren't yet available to order on the 2015 Opel Astra. However, the Hungarian plant today celebrated its eight millionth engine produced, and it's, of course, one of the new 1.4 turbos with aluminum blocks. The Astra is shaping up to be every bit the compact segment competitor they promised.
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