PSA, the company that controls Peugeot, Citroën and DS, has announced today the adoption of the 1.2 Puretech 3-cylinder engine in Brazil. The new powerplant will be flex, or else, able to run both on ethanol or petrol. Or any mix of these fuels. With ethanol, the Puretech engine is able to produce 66 kW at 5,750 rpm and 127 Nm at 2,750 rpm. The petrol only version produces 60 kW and 118 Nm in the same rotations.
While this engine is slated for production in Porto Real, Brazil, it will initially be imported from Trémery, France. Probably for a very short time, since it would not be viable to sell a car with an imported engine for a very long time. Especially one that is supposed to be the least expensive in PSA’s line-up, the entry-level Peugeot 208. The engine import has probably been the best solution found in order to speed up the new 208 presentation.
The 1.2 Puretech also has a turbocharged version. It will also be produced in Brazil. R$ 200 million, or US$ 54.5 million were invested in the engine preparation and in the presentation of the new 208, according to Carlos Gomes, PSA president for the Latin America. The Puretech has been considered as one of the most fuel-efficient engines in Brazil, according to PSA, but we still have to check the official numbers. The new engine has been tested for 5,400 hours and along more than 400,000 km. The development has taken 3 years and the changes include a higher compression ratio (12.5:1, instead of 11:1), a cold start system that preheats the fuel in the fuel injectors, reinforced piston rings, valves and valve seats, as well as special spark plugs.