Opel Announces New 1.6 CDTI ECOTEC Diesel

Opel continues the incremental changes it hopes will change the way it’s perceived in Europe. Today, they’ve announced a brand new four-cylinder diesel engine which will be available in various outputs across the range of models.
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The engines displaces 1.6 liters and is built around a cast aluminum block. It will soon replace existing 1.7-liter diesels and in some cases the 2-liter models with lesser outputs.

Without going too much into details, Opel says that the one that replaces 1.7-liter diesels will produce 136 PS and 320 Newton meters. The company isn’t calling it ‘class-leading’, but we already know it’s more than VW’s, Honda’s or Ford’s 1.6 diesels. It’s also a bit more than the 130 PS from Renault-Nissan’s engine or that of the best Hyundai i30 engine.

Class-leading attenuation of noise, vibration and harshness, high power/torque density and low fuel consumption were the main development objectives for Opel. This is good considering the 1.7 they put on their cars is rough and harsh.

“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.”

Production of the new 1.6-liter CDTI ECOTEC will begin in spring at the Szentgotthard factory in Hungary.
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