GM’s European subsidiary introduced the new powerplant back in May, and is the first of three new lines of four-cylinder engines mostly engineered by Opel. The new turbo-four incorporates direct fuel injection and start/stop technology in order to maximize fuel economy and performance. The powerplant will be able to produce up to 221 lb-ft of torque and production will begin later this year at GM’s Hungary plant.
Chances are, we’ll be seeing the 1.6-liter turbo-four in the Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, and Sonic models between 2014 and 2015. There are also rumors that the next-generation GMC Terrain will take advantage of the engine.
[Source: GM Inside News]