FRENCH group PSA Peugeot Citroen has announced this week that it will develop a turbo-charged version of its upcoming 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine. While the naturally-aspirated engine will go into production in early 2012, production of the new turbo-charged unit will wait until 2013.
The company, which counts Ford and BMW among its engine partners, plans to build around 320,000 units of the turbo three-cylinder each year.
While engine partner BMW has also confirmed a range of three-cylinder engines for its upcoming front-wheel-drive line-up, it is unclear if any plans or technology for the new engine will be shared between the two companies.
"By producing this new engine at La Française de Mécanique, we will be able to leverage world-class manufacturing expertise," PSA Peugeot Citroen boss Philippe Varin said.
"And with its state-of-the-art environmental technology, the new powerplant will enable PSA Peugeot Citroën to strengthen its leadership in low-carbon vehicles."
The new engine will be built at PSA Peugeot Citroen's La Francaise de Macanique plant in France, where the EP engine - developed with BMW - is also built.
The plant is a 50-50 joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault. Total output for the plant in 2009 numbered 1.3 million engines.