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April 10, 2014 08:37 IST

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Engine the most important part of the car also considered as the heart and soul of a vehicle, keep pressuring manufacturers to bring the more advanced and fuel efficient versions.

The development of new and powerful engines are done in close chambers of R&D centres (Research and Development), while we witness frequent arrival of in-cabin sophisticated technologies every fortnight.

In first three months of 2014, two more major automobile giants announced the arrival of their new engine which includes Tata Motor's Revotron and General Motor's EcoTec.

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Image: Tata Zest that will house Revotron.
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In India, the latest trend of bringing fuel-efficient turbocharged petrol engine for entry level cars (under Rs 10 lakh) was first initiated by Ford when it brought the EcoBoost mill closely followed by the Volkswagen's GT TSI.

Let's find out in-depth details about these recently introduced powerplants.

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Tata Motors Revotron Engine

On witnessing the latest trend of bringing small displacement turbocharged engines, the homegrown manufacturer-Tata has also announced new family Turbocharged engines named as Revotron.

The engine block is crafted in cast iron and features multiple drive mode - a segment first!

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The first powerplant in the lineup is the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-intercooled, Multi-Point Fuel Injected (MPFI) petrol motor which works on the drive-by-wire technology.

The Revotron family follows Euro IV and BS IV emissions norms and can be coupled with CNG. The engine generates 83.8bhp and maximum torque of 140Nm

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Image: Tata's Revotron engine.
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Ford EcoBoost

Ford EcoBoost engine hit the global market back in 2009, but in India, it was introduced in 2013 with the company's most successful product yet, the EcoSport after Figo.

EcoBoost engine played similar role to Ford as VTEC engines did for Honda. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is tuned to deliver power output in two states, namely, 99bhp and 123bhp.

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The increasing demand of EcoBoost engine can easily be seen from the fact that in the month of September 2013, the automaker rolled Ford Escape with the 2 Millionth EcoBoost engine.

The family of EcoBoost engine includes 1.0-litre, 1.5-litre, 1.6-litre, 2.0-litre, 2.3-litre (debuted in the 2015 Mustang) and high performance 3.5-litre V6 engines.

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For the smoother and comfortable ride, the flywheel is fitted in slightly unbalanced manner so that it can neutralize the natural vibrations produced by the 3-cylinder engine and hence there is no need of using a balance shaft (as required by three pot engines).

This turbocharged mill improves fuel economy by 20 per cent. The engine block is of cast iron instead of aluminium which ensures up to 50 per cent faster warm-up.

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Image: Ford EcoBoost engine.
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General Motors EcoTec

GM brought Chevrolet to India and it certainly isn't a big player when it comes to market share.

When the world is shifting towards 'Greener' turbocharged engine, the American auto maker too, developed its own turbocharged mill.

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The new line-up starts with the 1.0 litre three cylinders, direct-injected, turbocharged motor followed by 10 different engines ranging from three to four cylinders in 1.0 to 1.5-litre configuration.

The company recently unveiled new family of EcoTec engine which will be used in the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze.

The 1.0-litre engine is present in two power options, 88.8bhp and 113bhp. The engines are also compatible with the CNG, FlexFuel and Hybrid technologies.

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Unlike the Ford's EcoBoost, EcoTec is an all-aluminium construction and the technologies incorporated in engine are continuous variable valve timing, counter balance shaft dipped in oil sump and exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head.

Starting from Chinese market, the new engine will also make its way to Indian shores by next year.

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Volkswagen 1.2 GT TSI

The TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) family includes 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre engines, all of these are widely employed in the cars under Volkswagen umbrella.

The enhanced versions are christened as TFSI, used in Audi cars.

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The TSI engine is the widely used motor in Volkswagen's clan as they used to pull vehicle ranging from Polo to Passat.

The TSI motors basically combines direct-injection with turbocharging.

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Maruti Suzuki Turbocharged engine in YRA

As the automotive world is taking a leap forward into small capacity turbo induced motors, it would be foolish to think that India's most prominent player Maruti Suzuki would be left behind in this rat race.

If media reports are to be believed, the Japanese automaker is working on a Direct-Injected Turbo-Charged (DiCT) powerplants for the upcoming hatch code-named 'YRA' (which will be placed above Swift).In the future Maruti might exchange its entire lineup with these DiCT motors including quintessential players, Swift and Ertiga.

It is expected that 1.0 liter turbo-charged petrol engine is capable of churning a power of 90bhp.

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Now as the turbo-charged engines are acquiring spot light of contemporary engines, the future of petrol cars seems to be bright.

With the frequent increasing in the petrol prices, the turbo-charged engines can be considered as a suitable move from auto-makers.

Let’s hope for the further development of fuel saving engines and when it comes to us, let’s try to save some fuel.

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