Wednesday, April 2, 2014
New Ecotec Engines Set to Debut in All-New Cruze; Benchmarked Against Ford's EcoBoost
Chevrolet is set to release its next-generation Ecotec engines which will form the core of the brand’s small displacement engines beginning with the all-new Chevrolet Cruze which launches in China this year. The new Ecotec engines are designed to be adoptable to different vehicle applications thereby reducing manufacturing complexity while offering leading efficiency, refinement, and durability.
The new Ecotec engines will include 11 different configurations in both three- and four-cylinder layouts with displacements ranging from 1.0-liter to 1.5-liter in both normally-aspirated and turbocharged versions. The new engines are expected to output anywhere between 75 horsepower to 165 horsepower and 95 Nm of torque to 250 Nm of torque.
Aside from the second-generation Cruze which gets a 1.5-liter normally-aspirated version of the Ecotec engine, the first turbo application will be for the Opel Adam with a 1.4-liter engine. The all-new Cruze will also debut an all-new dual clutch gearbox when mated with the 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec.
General Motors is benchmarking the likes of the Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine and the Volkswagen EA211 engine. The Ecotec is supposed to be up to 50 percent quieter compared to its rivals.
General Motors expects that by 2017, more than 2.5-million of these new Ecotec engines will have been built in its five manufacturing locations around the world: USA, China, Hungary, Mexico, and South Korea.