Here at Dyer Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL we love GM’s lineup of small cars. The mix of efficiency, versatility, and comfort you can get in models like the Spark, Cruze, and the Sonic is unbeatable and the style offered by each model is unique and modern. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that GM will be offering a new lineup of modular ECOTEC engines that will be interchangeable across the small car selection.
These new engines, scheduled to be released around the world for 2015 models, will be manufactured at most GM manufacturing plants around the world, including the Flint, MI manufacturing location. The line of small ECOTEC engines will span displacements from 1.0L – 1.5L and will feature 3-cylinder, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, and even hybrid- or alternative fuel-ready versions. In total, there will be 11 new engines, with output ranging between 75 hp at the low end and 165 hp at the upper end. Each will be designed for maximum efficiency, durability, refinement, and smoothness, traits that modern drivers are valuing more and more.
“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.”
We think this lineup is great news, allowing drivers the ability to choose from up to 11 distinct engines with each offering different strong points. This should also allow drivers a greater amount of personalization in their vehicles, always good news in our book.