Vauxhall to develop the next generation of petrol engines for Groupe PSA

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 13 Jun 2018

The award winning three cylinder Puretech petrol engine that inspires the new four cylinder powertrain

UK-based Vauxhall and Russelsheim-based Opel will take on the global responsibility for the development of the next-generation of high-efficiency petrol engines for all Groupe PSA brands (Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot, Citroën, and DS Automobiles) at its engineering centre in Russelsheim, Germany.

The next generation of four-cylinder engines will be optimised for operation in combination with electric motors and will be used in the drive train of hybrid systems. Market-introduction will begin in 2022.

The new generation of engines is designated for use in all Groupe PSA brands in China, Europe and North America, meeting the future emission standards of these markets. The power units feature direct-injection, turbocharging and variable valve control. Vauxhall claims that the engines will be highly-efficient and will deliver low fuel consumption and low CO2 values.

“Rüsselsheim already had global responsibility for engine development when we were still part of GM. With the development of the new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines, we can exploit one of our key competencies. The economic direct-injection, in combination with hybrid technology, will consolidate the strong position of Groupe PSA in lowering CO2 emissions,” said Opel/Vauxhall’s managing director engineering, Christian Muller.

The engineers at the Russelsheim engineering centre are now developing the new generation of the engine on the basis of the current Groupe PSA four-cylinder 'PureTech' units. These all-aluminium engines have a displacement of 1.6 litres for a higher level of efficiency and direct throttle response.

Groupe PSA’s three-cylinder 'PureTech' turbo engine recently won the 'Engine of the Year' award for the fourth time in a row. In addition to the responsibility for the new engine family, the engineering team in Russelsheim also leads the development of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) for the entire group. This includes the development of LCV platforms and modules from advanced development to production maturity. Furthermore, Groupe PSA has currently established 15 centres of competence in Russelsheim – from hydrogen & fuel cell to seat development.