Three new engines for Vauxhall

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 8:05 AM

Vauxhall Astra VXR

The forthcoming Vauxhall Astra VXR gets a fairly whopping 276bhp from its 2.2-litre ECOTEC engine, but there are more modern new motors to come

While Ford has been busying itself with more EcoBoost engines, Vauxhall is also on the case with some new powertrains. There are plans afoot for three new engine families to replace the core petrol and diesel line-up over the next 12 months. The plan is to keep CO2 emissions down, improve fuel economy and add some extra torque. All sounds mighty fine to us!

The first engine off the blocks, so to speak, will be a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder direct injection turbo ECOTEC petrol engine (there's a mouthful). It comes with stop-start technology to cut emissions by 13% on its predecessor and is planned to be available in different outputs and across several car lines.

Max torque is at 221 lb-ft from 1,700rpm. Peak power is increased to 197bhp, 20 more horses than the predecessor. Production is scheduled to start at the Szentgotthardt plant in Hungary later this year.

Vauxhall is being quiet about the other three engines that will complete the upgraded line-up, but they are keen to remind us about what will be under the hood of the Astra VXR, the forthcoming hot hatch.

It is actually a tuned version of the 2.2-litre direct injection ECOTEC, which debuted in 2003 in the Signum and Vectra so we know it should have some fine heritage. Coming out this summer, it will produce a rather useful 276bhp and CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

By Georgia Lewis

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