General Motors new modular Ecotec engine for smaller cars

General Motors has announced a new lineup of Ecotec engines which will make their way to smaller cars in the future. These new engines were unveiled at the company’s headquarters in Detroit and will have aluminum blocks and heads. The Ecotec engines are in three and four cylinder and are to be seen on board the new Opel Adam in Europe and Chinese spec Chevrolet Cruz.

The family of new modular Ecotec engines from General Motors will comprise of 11 three and four cylinder engines with displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. These engines will have outputs ranging from 75 to 165 hp and from 70 to 184 lb/ft torque. By the year 2017, once all five General Motors engine factories are functional, the company will install 2.5 million Ecotec engines on 27 different models with one in every four of the engines being part of this family.

Ecotec (L to R) 1.4L I-4, 1.5L I-4 and 1.0L I-3 EnginesDesigned for the global market, the new Ecotec engines boast of segment leading refinement and efficiency and are also designed to support hybrid propulsion system and alternative fuels. These engines will be 50% quieter than Volkswagen EA211 1.4 liter four cylinder engines and upto 25% quieter than Ford 1.0 liter turbo three cylinder engines.

The company has however not disclosed how much it expects these new engines to boost fuel efficiency of the small vehicle lineup. The engines will be built in Flint, Mich.; Shenyang, China; Szentgotthard, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; and Changwon, South Korea.