As GM’s lineup of small cars continues to gain popularity, a new line of modular EcoTec engines will allow drivers to select a setup that matches their daily driving needs. The new engines would be available in 11 distinct and interchangeable configurations, ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L and offering 3-cylinders, 4-cylinders, turbocharging, or natural aspiration. Output is expected to range anywhere from 75 hp at the low end of the spectrum, all the way up to 165 hp in the larger, turbocharged versions. Regardless of which engine is chosen, drivers will get a product that has been manufactured for smooth operation, efficiency, durability, and overall refinement! As an added bonus, a number of these are also being engineered to work with hybrid and alternative fuel systems for maximum efficiency.
GM will gradually introduce these engines at a rate of 2.5 million units in 2017, gradually increasing the number of vehicles they are available in from there on. The 2015 Chevy Cruze for the Chinese market is one of the first models to use these modular EcoTec engines before they are released on the rest of the global market. As the new EcoTecs are set to be released around the world, they will be built at most GM manufacturing plants globally, including the Flint, MI engine plant.
“Transportation solutions vary around the world and GM is committed to developing engines matched to the needs of the regions where they’re sold,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering, in a statement. “The new engine family is designed to achieve segment-leading refinement and efficiency, and will make its way into five GM brands and 27 models by the 2017 model year.”
Here at Watters GMC Buick, we are excited to see the new EcoTecs make their way into GM vehicles across our lineup. Being able to choose from up to 11 distinct engines will allow small car drivers a greater personalization in their vehicles and should provide an excellent option for everyone.