Opel has unveiled the first of a new family of 1.6-litre diesel engines for the upcoming Euro 6 emissions standards.
The new 1.6-litre CDTI ECOTEC diesels will replace Opel’s current 1.7-litre diesels and some 2.0-litre powerplants.
Featuring an aluminium block and closed loop combustion control, the first of the new 1.6-litre diesels is good for 220kW/320Nm – similar to current 2.0-litre diesels but affording fuel consumption some 10 per-cent lower.
Jointly developed by GM’s global powertrain team in North America, Russelsheim, Germany and Turin, Italy, first-up assembly is slated for the Szentgotthard plant in Hungary.
“Our new 1.6-litre diesel will set benchamarks for refinement, performance and emissions compatability. 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,” revealed Opel chief Dr Thomas Sedran.