Opel making big noises about its new 'whisper' engines

The Opel Mokka is treated to a new 1.6-litre diesel engine
The Opel Mokka is treated to a new 1.6-litre diesel engine

The German engineers from Opel arrived in Ireland this month and they are making “big noises” about their quietest diesel engines ever.

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Ireland played host to an international launch and more than 600 motor journalists from all over Europe arrived on our shores for the unveiling of Opel’s new 2.0-litre CDTI, and 1.6-litre CDTI diesel engines.

We are both massive fans of the Opel range here in Talbot Towers, yet the one area that has slightly let the Opel group down in recent years is its engine range.

However, that is all set to change now with the arrival of these two new “whisper” diesel engines.

The 2.0-litre CDTI with 170bhp, which arrives in April this year, is a welcome replacement in the Opel Insignia, while the 1.6-litre CDTI will take over from the thirsty 1.7-litre diesel engine in the Mokka. There will also be a 1.3-litre diesel variant available in the Corsa later in the year.

The range-topping 2.0-litre CDTI diesel delivers almost five per cent more horsepower (170hp) and offers 14 per cent more torque, 400Nm at 3,750rpm.

But the best news is that fuel consumption has been reduced and CO2 is now 114gm/km, which translates to €200 in annual road tax (A4). 

Meanwhile, the new 1.6-litre is a massive addition to the Opel range. We always found the 1.7-litre version slightly heavy on juice and this one will change all that.

There is no doubt that the name “whisper” diesel suits the engine, as I found it as quiet as a petrol.

The claimed fuel figures of 4.1/100km are impressive if you can achieve them. Emissions, too, have been reduced to 109g/km CO2, and it qualifies in tax band A3, €190 annual road tax.