The resurrected Opel/Vauxhall Junior is expected to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this year with a three-cylinder engine tucked in its engine bay. That motor will be a joint product of General Motors and its Chinese partner SAIC and the heart of Opel and Vauxhall's gas-powered, small-capacity engine family.

Both three- and four-cylinder engines are on the way ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 liters. The Junior is predicted to get a three-cylinder, but Opel hasn't confirmed that or even if the Junior will be the first car to get one of the co-developed motors. Automotive News reports that the engines have "direct injection and turbocharging capability," but with double-digit gains in fuel economy and torque out of the box, those features might not appear immediately.

Above that, there will be 1.6-liter diesel and gas engines to replace current units, perhaps like the 1.4-liter in the Opel Insignia. GM says those engines will come to the U.S. "within two years."

The three-door Junior will be smaller than the Opel Agila (pictured), a challenge to the Mini Cooper and Audi A1. An electric version is a possibility for 2015.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Opel can't compete with Audi or Mini. Totally different market. Opel/Vauxhall is a mass market manufacturer. They build perfectly good cars, but they're not that aspirational. They compete mainly with Ford, Renault, Citroen etc. The Junior will actually compete with stuff like the Ford Ka, Seat Mii, Skoda Citygo etc.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At least there's one post on this thread that's in tune with the real world.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With reliability and quality control of chinese consumer goods proven and solid, I'm sure people will be flocking to buy cars with chinese engines. Eugh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. Also, I just shake my head when I see a car with Chinese-made tires. There's no way I'd trust my life riding on those.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The transfer of US technology is almost complete
      Jeffrey A Schneider
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why make a tiny engine when you get immediate torque and no dependence on oil for an EV or EV Hybrid?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a Sonic trim level?