The industry-wide shrinking of US automobiles is in its infant stages, but new products are coming in a big fat hurry.
is preparing a new compact model based on the Delta platform, and it will feature the General's new 1.4-liter turbo powerplant. GM isn't spilling the beans on the identity of the
, which will not be named
. We don't know if it will replace
, either, but we do know that the direct injected, force-fed 1.4-liter four-pot could achieve a remarkable 40 mpg or more. The new engine isn't only efficient, but it's got plenty of pep, too. The turbocharged four-banger will produce between 120 and 140 ponies, and it'll likely have an attractive torque curve to boot.
The as-of-yet unnamed vehicle will be built in GM's Lordstown plant, which currently produces the
. The new
may also necessitate an additional shift at Lordstown, which would be welcomed news to the
rank and file. The mystery
compact will be unveiled this fall, with a production date of early next year. We haven't heard much regarding an all-new Chevrolet compact, so if this vehicle arrives in addition to a new Cobalt, that will be very big news.
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