It’s been almost 20 years since General Motors released a vehicle with a three-cylinder gas engine, but the fuel-efficient motor is making a comeback in 2020 (and 2021) in the form of the Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, respectively.
Both the Buick and the Chevy will offer subcompact SUV buyers a choice between a standard 1.2-liter three-cylinder and an available 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. Both options come equipped with a continuously variable transmission. Any model equipped with both the 1.3-liter motor and AWD will be matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission. GM states that drivers of the new three-cylinder models can expect up to 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, along with impressive fuel efficiency.
Three-cylinder motors offer drivers better fuel-efficiency and lower carbon emissions than their four-cylinder counterparts. The three-cylinders will include additional technologies like turbochargers, an electric wastegate, and an electric water pump to make up for the power loss of one less cylinder.
While three-cylinder engines are popular in foreign auto-markets, they are a rarity in the US. The last time GM offered a three-cylinder engine option was in its Chevy Metro, back in 2000. Both the Encore GX and the Trailblazer are likely to be built in GM’s Mexico plant that produces the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain.
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This week, Chevrolet released information about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, including engine and performance specs.
Generating 460 horsepower and capable of acceleration from 0 to 60 MPG in under 4 seconds, the Stingray’s new LT1 6.2-liter V-8 engine is the most powerful engine ever to come standard in a Corvette. The new LT1 engine also features the latest technological advancements, including Active Fuel Management and direct injection, allowing the Stingray to achieve top performance while maintaining a highway fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon.
These highlights and more craft the 2014 Corvette Stingray into a top-performance vehicle that continues to push toward the future of the automobile industry.
“The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s LT1 engine is a triumph of advanced technology, delivering more power and torque than ever before with greater efficiency,” said Jordan Lee, Chief Engineer of the LT1 engine.
To learn more about the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray, visit Chevrolet’s website.
Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Greer, SC looks forward to the release of the 2014 Corvette Stingray later this fall, along with the rest of the 2014 Chevrolet vehicle line later this year. For more information on our wide inventory of new Chevrolet vehicles, including the 2014 Impala and 2013 Corvette, visit us online at www.BradshawGreer.com. Bradshaw Automotive also maintains and excellent service department and collision center to help you stay safe and comfortable on the road!