New three-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 113bhp, expected to average over 50mpg and claimed to be as refined as a four-cylinder
Mark Tisshaw
10 September 2013

An all-new three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will be added to the Vauxhall Adam line-up next year.

The 1.0-litre unit, which was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, is the first in Vauxhall's new SGE (Small Gasoline Engine) family and will spawn other lightweight aluminium three and four-cylinder petrol engines of between 1.0 and 1.6 litres.

Vauxhall's 1.0-litre Adam produces 113bhp and 122lb ft of torque (available at 1800-4700rpm), and will partner a new six-speed gearbox.

The new 1.0-litre engine, which has a lightweight aluminium cylinder block, uses direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to help deliver the required performance and efficiency. Vauxhall expects the engine, which is designed to work with start-stop technology, to produce emissions below 100g/km in all of its applications.

Countering the typical offbeat running characteristics of a three-cylinder engine is a chain-driven balancer shaft mounted in the sump. Noise reduction features include acoustically-optimised engine covers, a specially tuned intake system and a low-hiss turbocharger compressor.

Refinement is said to match a four-pot’s, while Adam models equiped with the engine will return almost 70mpg.

is claimed to beat the 44.1mpg of the Astra’s naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine by 20 per cent, suggesting an combined fuel consumption of around 53mpg.

"In developing this small engine, we not only set out to to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions but 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 division.

Vauxhall/Opel says this is one of 13 new engines introduced between 2012 and 2016.

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7 August 2013

An engine it needs badly, along with a vrx version. I had a look at one the other day when out car shopping with a mate. I really like the car, although it is very colour sensitive. The interior is a seriously nice place to sit, nicer than a ds3 at least

7 August 2013

....shame they haven't got a decent car to put it in.

Am I the only person who doesn't "get" the Adam, it just looks like a rather sad, overpriced and contrived car. I'd rather have an Agila! 

7 August 2013

LP in Brighton wrote:

....shame they haven't got a decent car to put it in.

Am I the only person who doesn't "get" the Adam, it just looks like a rather sad, overpriced and contrived car. I'd rather have an Agila! 

No, LP, I don't "get" the Adam either ... It doesn't have the essential premium supermini 'allure' of the MINI, 500 or DS3 and just comes across as embarrassing, like the MG3 ... Vauxhall should've stuck with the Corsa as their entry model as it's a cracker and this engine would make an excellent choice for those wanting a Corsa on a budget ...

8 August 2013

I agree, it all seems a bit half-hearted with the Adam. It feels like a replacement for the ageing Corsa than a fashion model in its own right. It is also too close to the 1982 Junior in my eyes, retro but not in a good way. Styling has moved on from the Carlton/Senator and Audi 100. It really doesn't matter how well or badly these cars drive, as they are all about styling and that 'Happy' feeling you get with owning/driving one. I think this is the one ingredient GM forgot when thwy created Adam. I still have not seen one on the road and after a very 'soft' launch it makes me think Vauxhall aren't confident in the product either. Certainly compare the campaign for this to Fiat's 500 or BMW's Mini. Citroen's DS3 has been a massive success with a relatively small campaign so it can only be about the product. It will be interesting to see what happens with Renault's R5 inspired TwinZ/Twingo later this year, whether it makes an impact. My feelings are that it will, people still remember the R5/Supercinque with fond affection. What do Vauxhall owners have to remember? The Nova? 

8 August 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

LP in Brighton wrote:

....shame they haven't got a decent car to put it in.

Am I the only person who doesn't "get" the Adam, it just looks like a rather sad, overpriced and contrived car. I'd rather have an Agila! 

No, LP, I don't "get" the Adam either ... It doesn't have the essential premium supermini 'allure' of the MINI, 500 or DS3 and just comes across as embarrassing, like the MG3 ... Vauxhall should've stuck with the Corsa as their entry model as it's a cracker and this engine would make an excellent choice for those wanting a Corsa on a budget ...

 

I agree, it all seems a bit half-hearted with the Adam. It feels like a replacement for the ageing Corsa than a fashion model in its own right. It is also too close to the 1982 Junior in my eyes, retro but not in a good way. Styling has moved on from the Carlton/Senator and Audi 100. It really doesn't matter how well or badly these cars drive, as they are all about styling and that 'Happy' feeling you get with owning/driving one. I think this is the one ingredient GM forgot when thwy created Adam. I still have not seen one on the road and after a very 'soft' launch it makes me think Vauxhall aren't confident in the product either. Certainly compare the campaign for this to Fiat's 500 or BMW's Mini. Citroen's DS3 has been a massive success with a relatively small campaign so it can only be about the product. It will be interesting to see what happens with Renault's R5 inspired TwinZ/Twingo later this year, whether it makes an impact. My feelings are that it will, people still remember the R5/Supercinque with fond affection. What do Vauxhall owners have to remember? The Nova? 

7 August 2013

Why would you want a Vauxhall in the first place? Unless it's the Monaro, VXR8 or Maloo, I would avoid all Vauxhalls like the plague

Bodge to the Future

7 August 2013

Hopefully it will be better economy, but I doubt it, none of the small turbos have lived up to that promise

7 August 2013

So this engine will be "as refined as a four cylinder". So that is not refined at all then. Rough, uncouth and prosaic.

7 August 2013

Hopefully this engine will produce real world  mileage figures within spitting distance of the claimed figures. The Ford 1 liter ecoboost engine performed great in the lab but in real world testing/use proved to be less efficient than the engines they replaced.

GeToD

 

7 August 2013

Think they shot themselves in the foot with this car by launching it with boring and non-competative engines. Against the twinair engines in the 500 and the Mini's and DS3's turbo petrol engines and having no diesel option when all the others do........rubbish

 

Seen 2 on the road and I think they look really cheap (even though they are not!!) on the outside. Never felt the need to venture inside one to have a look. 

 

I have to say I have seen 2 MG3's going round Banbury and I quite like the look of them(but they aren't a 'premium small hatch rival). At least their cheap in the company mentioned above! I see the MG3 as a funky alternative to the i20 etc and I think at that it excels.

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