The engine was built together with technical partners Ricardo, a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy. The first firing of the TGDI/GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) was made via the telecast with both Ricardo and Proton’s engineers who have been working on the project.
The 1.5l TGD/GDI powerplant project is an initiative by the National carmakers to take a step further in the enhancement of current skills and technology. About 200 engineers, with Proton contributing about 20 engineers, are involved in the engine development for over 3 years. The 20 engineers, recruited from Lotus and Ricardo, will be responsible to see to a new line-up of engines in time to come.
With investment of RM600 million, the engine development program is expected to absorb about 40 months to fulfill requirements for 6 upcoming Proton variants. Engine design block and related elements are ran alongside the IPR combustion strategy with Ricardo. Proton expects the first variant with the new engine to be launched in a span of 30 months; by the end of 2017.
Strict competition from global OEMs in Malaysia and the current market situation has seen a major shrinkage in the National car market. This latest development of powertrain from Proton has made the company’s products more competitive and at par with the major global OEMs. In addition, it will allow the company to penetrate the export market as it will be compliant to regulation and legislation in major markets that require cars to comply with low emission of Euro 6C and low C02 figures past 2020.
After the rigorous tests and evaluations are covered in England, further tests of the new TGDI/GDI engines are expected to commence in hot and humid Malaysian weather come September 2016 at Proton’s manufacturing plant in Shah Alam. For now, the engines are developed under the development plan are known as TGDI/GDI and thereafter, the engines will be fitted to Proton cars from 2018 onwards. There are six engine types: 1.0l 3-Cylinder VVT (Variable Valve Timing), 1.2l 3-Cylinder VVT, 1.3Ll4-Cylinder GDI, 1.5l 4-Cylinder GDI, 1.3l 4-Cylinder TGDI and 1.5l 4-Cylinder TGDI. There new engines, coupled with a new torque converter transmission, are said to offer 25 percent lower fuel consumption and gives 20 percent better output. In addition, the new engines are spec with integrated exhaust manifold and Dual VVT.