Opel will downsize its engines starting from 2013 image

The German based automaker Opel and its twin brother the Vauxhall will go through a downsizing campaign starting from 2013 which will last for three years, during which the company’s vehicles will get new engines with displacements set between 1.0 and 1.6 liters and the powerplants will meet the Euro 6 emission standards.

Just a day ago, General Motors has announced that it’s working on a new family of 1.0 and 1.3 liter Ecotec engines with three and four cylinders, direct-injection and turbochargers, in order to align with the new emission standards and now it seems that the downsized units will make their way into new generations of the Opel and Vauxhall, along with many other vehicles made by the automotive giant.

According to automarket.ro, the MDE engine, which is actually a new 1.6 CDTI, will replace all the diesel units but the 2.0 liter CDTI won’t just go away, it will receive another turbocharger and will develop 200 horsepower in its top of the line version, but this last one won’t come until 2015, when it will meet the Euro 6 emission standards.

The gasoline engine range will start with the small 1.0 liter three-cylinder unit which will power the Junior too, and it will be followed in the lineup by the 1.4 and 1.6 liters, both of them with four cylinders. Automarket.ro is also saying that the new powerplants will be produced at the Hungary plant, which can make 500.000 units annually, and where General Motors will invest 420 million GBP for modernizing.