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10:30pm Update: Hyundai has corrected the power figures for the 1.6-litre turbo (changes reflected in the article).

8:30pm Update: kW indications for the 1.6-litre turbo from Hyundai Australia’s press release are not matching up to other sources online, we are investigating this for confirmation.

We knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect details of the new 1.6-litre T-GDI engine this year. Alas, our expectations have been matched and superseded with Hyundai having announced details of its new turbocharged 1.6-litre GDI engine.

The announcement follows the company’s in-house powertrain development program which showcased the Gamma 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine and the Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine.

To start with, the 1.6-litre T-GDI delivers an impressive 152.1kW (at 6,000 rpm) and 264.8Nm of torque (at 1,750 rpm). We can certainly see a great deal of potential for this engine in the Hyundai range!

The turbocharged version of the already familiar 1.6-litre GDI engine is likely to find its way into a number of Hyundai (and Kia) small cars, most notably the Hyundai Veloster which is being launched in Australia later this year.

Hyundai says the engine took 52 months of development and $58.9 million dollars to develop. It’s Euro 5 and ULEV-2 complaint, meaning it’s likely to stick around for quiet some time.

The Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine isn’t just a basic 1.6-litre with a turbocharger attached, Hyundai engineers have used a turbocharger with twin scroll, air guided intercooler plus direct fuel injection system and dual CVVT.

The higher kW figure will hopefully entice Hyundai (and Kia) to produce sporty variants of different models to add that missing performance feel to the brand.

In addition to the 1.6-litre petrol turbo, the Korean company also showcased a new Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine with 110.3kW and 382.5Nm of torque. Being Euro6 compliant means the Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have been reduced by 56 percent.

Due to stricter environmental regulations and policies that vary from nation to nation, competition in the development of powertrains and other core technologies is intensifying,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman. “Hyundai Motor will accelerate its efforts to develop future powertrains that feature high-performance and eco-friendly engines and transmissions.

We’re currently waiting to find out when either engine will make its official debut in a Hyundai or Kia model. Whilst we are waiting for an official response, tell us what models in the Hyundai and Kia lineup you would like to see powered by either engine.




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