Vauxhall Adam gets three cylinder engine

8 Aug, 2013 9:20am Akhand Rahim

First details on an efficient new 1.0-litre turbo engine for the Vauxhall Adam

The Vauxhall Adam will be fitted with an all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine, it has been announced, and the efficient new model will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The engine is the first of Vauxhall's new SGE (small Gasoline Engine) range and produces 113bhp and 166Nm of torque from 1,800 to 4,700rpm.

• Vauxhall Adam review

Using direct injection and an all-new lightweight aluminium cylinder-block, the new engine will produce CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km. Fuel efficiency is improved by 20 per cent compared to the similarly-powered 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine used in the Vauxhall Astra. An all-new six-speed gearbox is fitted, which weighs around 30 per cent less than its predecessor at only 37kg.

“In developing this small engine, we not only set out minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. We also wanted to demonstrate that three cylinders can be just as refined as four or more,” said Dr. Matthias Alt, Chief Engineer of Vauxhall's Small Gasoline Engines.

The three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo engine is one of the first of 13 new engines Vauxhall intends to bring to market by 2016, along with a host of new transmissions. 

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Still a stupid name!

Brilliant review!

“We also wanted to demonstrate that three
cylinders can be just as refined as four or more,”

Ford have already demonstrated this with their Ecoboost engine. What's more important is how close this can realistically come to the official mpg figure which is where Ford's engine falls down.

Shame this engine wasnt available at launch, havent seen a lot around either but according to stats it outsold the Audi A1 and Fiat 500 in germany in July. that cant be a bad thing.

Saw one of these out and about for the first time today. Oddly, photography seems to flatter it. In "the tin" the styling looks rather less derivative than in pictures and one almost regrets this. There must be precious little space for rear passengers and the boot looks like an afterthought.

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