The New Vectra Estate | Part Five

Refinement – engines and chassis

Refinement, one of the hallmarks of the Vectra Estate, is emphasised through a number of the new engines. From launch there is a healthy choice of seven engines from which to choose – four petrol and three diesel with power from 100 to 211 hp – and while one or two may be familiar, there are several new or recent additions.

Highlights of the engine line-up are the 3.0 V6 CDTi common rail diesel, the new 2.2 16v Direct petrol (both of which feature in Signum) and the 2.0 16v Turbo which has just been introduced in the Vectra SRi hatchback.

The flagship 3.0 V6 CDTi ECOTEC turbo-diesel uses the latest generation common rail direct injection and an all alloy block. The six-cylinder engine with 3.0 litres displacement delivers its 177 hp at 4000rpm and produces massive amounts of torque (370Nm between 1900 and 2800rpm) which makes for spectacularly easy cruising and safe, efficient in-gear overtaking ability.

Performance figures for the Estate using the biggest of the diesel offerings are therefore impressive with a 0 – 60mph time of 9.2 seconds. On a combined fuel cycle, an average of 38.7mpg is returned.

The 3.0 V6 CDTi engine will be available in the SRi and Elite models.

Similar refinement and performance are achieved from the 2.0 Turbo petrol engine. Based on the proven 2.2 ECOTEC aluminium engine introduced three years ago, the newer smaller 2.0 16v produces 175 hp and 265Nm torque courtesy of low pressure turbo charging.

Fitted in the Vectra Estate, 0-60mph takes just 9.0 seconds while the combined fuel consumption is 30.7mpg. Customers opting for the 2.0 Turbo can choose from SXi, Elegance, SRi and Elite models.

For those who prefer their engine power ‘normally aspirated’, the third new engine and another descendant of GM’s aluminium generation is the 2.2 litre 16v Direct. The 2.2 DIRECT ECOTEC is the first direct-injection petrol engine from Vauxhall, and it produces a healthy 155 hp.

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Published 10 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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