General Motors is developing an all-new family of high-tech global engine family that it hopes will reduce costs while delivering better mileage and performance.
The new engine line will power a wide array of products, from the smallest GM produces all the way up to some of its midsize models, officials announced during a global news event celebrating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the maker’s dominant brand, Chevrolet. During the well-attended gathering, the automaker unveiled one of the first vehicles that will make use of the new engine line, the next-generation Chevy Spark.
The new engine family – which will replace three separate powertrain lines currently in use – will cover displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5-liter and both 3- and 4-cylinder configurations. The new Spark, which goes on sale in the U.S. next year, will feature a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder version of the global Ecotec family.
Significantly, GM will incorporate a wide range of the latest technologies, including Direct Injection and turbocharging. Such features are costly but Jim Federico, who oversees small car operations at GM, stressed that by migrating to a single family that shares many key components there will be major cost savings due to the improved economies of scale.