Taiwanese automaker Luxgen has released more information on its new 2.2 litre MEFI Turbo engine that will be available in their MPV. The engine seems to be boosted quite lightly by its Garrett turbocharger, producing 175 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 255Nm of torque between 2,500 to 4,000rpm. Interestingly when details on the Luxgen MPV was first released the engine output was rated at 200 horses and 280Nm but I guess the engine has been revised now – perhaps they are playing it a little safe for reliability.

BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Prince engine can produce similiar horsepower and torque figures (both in terms of peak and spread) from their turbo direct injection 1.6 litre engine, but still it’s a good start and the higher torque is definitely necessary to move an MPV around comfortably. The engine complies to Euro 4 standards and is reverse-mounted, positioning the intake in front and the exhaust together with its turbocharger at the firewall side of the engine bay. This allows for the catalyst to be positioned closer to the exhaust manifold which helps with emissions.

I can’t wait for the year end where hopefully we’re going to be reading blog posts such as this one, except that we’ll be covering Proton’s new Project Phoenix turbocharged engine instead!