Engineers have gotten good at maximizing power from small engines. Many four-cylinder engines available today are more powerful than larger engines that were available decades ago. Now, we have learned that General Motors is adding two new three-cylinder engines to its lineup.
The last time GM offered a three-cylinder engine was on the 2000 Chevrolet Metro. This was a 1.0-liter engine with only 55 horsepower. The modern versions will be much better than that and will come in 1.2- and 1.3-liter displacements with attached turbochargers. The 1.3-liter engine delivers 155 horsepower, while the 1.2-liter option is expected to have an output near 137 horsepower.
Along with their impressive power ratings, these engines should be more efficient. When compared to a larger four-cylinder engine, these engines weigh about 40 pounds less. The weight savings combined with more efficient engine technology should help save fuel. GM has yet to release fuel efficiency ratings, but we expect them to be better than the EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine on the current 2020 Buick Encore.
Both of these engine options will be available in the new Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Buick Encore GX will go on sale here at Transwest Buick GMC by the end of March.
General Motors has been updating its crossover and SUV
models recently. Earlier this year, Motor Authority spied the updated 2020
Chevy Equinox in camouflaged form. Now, the automaker is in the process of
refreshing the GMC Terrain for the 2021 model year.
Autoblog recently witnessed a camouflaged 2021 Terrain at
the brand’s Milford Proving Grounds. Though we don’t know all of the details
about this model’s mid-cycle refresh, the spy shots reveal some information
about its features.
Because the Terrain recently received a full redesign back
in 2018, the mid-cycle updates should be subtle ones. According to Autoblog spy
shots, the 2021 Terrain seems to have a floating roof design and the same
midsection as the current model. It’s expected that the updated Terrain will
sport a new fascia. Per Autoblog, it’s likely that the model will borrow the
grille and headlight design from either its sibling, the Acadia, or its distant
cousin, the GMC Sierra pickup.
If the 2021 GMC Terrain refresh does boast interior
modifications, there should be only a couple of minor tweaks. For instance, the
automaker might switch out the current model’s awkward push-button shifter on
the dash for one with a more intuitive design.
Contact us at Transwest Buick GMC to test-drive the current 2019 Terrain models we have in stock while you wait for the release of the 2021 refresh.