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Opel-Vauxhall to bring cleanest diesel yet to Geneva

Meeting Euro 6 standards, the new 1.6 CDTI Ecotec engine (pictured) from Opel-Vauxhall is heading to the Geneva Motor Show: and is set to be the brand’s cleanest diesel engine to date.

The engine will feature in the seven-seat Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer and is equipped with selective catalytic reduction technology helping it to already meet Euro 6 emission standards which target 0.08g/km of nitrogen oxides for diesel passenger cars.Opel 1.6litre CDTI Ecotec Engine

Despite being comparatively less harmful to the environment – and indeed helping the Zafira to CO2 emission figures of just 109g/km with fuel economy at 57mpg – the engine sets benchmarks for performance thanks to a combination of high power and torque density. Overall, the 1.6 CTDI Ecotec engine achieves 136hp with 320Nm of torque. It is also notable for low levels of vibration, harshness and noise.

The leap in power and torque represent increases of 4.6 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively, compared to the outgoing 1.7litre engines that the new engine will replace. Indeed compared to the 2.0litre diesel engines of the Zafira Tourer, which offer similar levels of power, the new 1.6litre CTDI Ecotec reduces fuel consumption by around 10 per cent.

It is expected that the new Opel-Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 1.6 CDTI will be launched later this year: especially in markets where a super-low CO2 emission level will mean it offers great advantages based on the tax system – such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

The Geneva Motor Show takes place from March 7-17.

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Paul Lucas

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