Hyundai Motor Company plans to expand its turbo engine family with the introduction of a brand new 1.6L T-GDI turbo engine. Based on the existing 1.6L GDI four-cylinder engine which currently propels the Korean market Hyundai Avante, the unit uses a twin-scroll turbocharger which improves the engine response and performance. At the same time, the turbocharger increases efficiency at low engine speeds, improving combustion efficiency and lowers emissions.
The 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 208 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265Nm of torque. The output puts the power plant on par with the VW Group's 2.0 liter TFSI unit that goes into the Golf GTI and Audi A3 models. According to Hyundai, the all-new 1.6L T-GDI turbo engine will be available in the new Hyundai Veloster sports coupe starting from 2012. Going forward, it will also appear in the upcoming 2013 Hyundai ix30 and next generation Kia cee’d. It looks like the situation has changed from the 1980s – it is time for the Japanese to change up with the Koreans.
The new 1.6L turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine is part of the carmaker’s new initiative called Blue Drive, which aims to lead the automobile industry in fuel efficiency and sustainability. Hyundai may unveil the 2012 Veloster's new power plant at the upcoming New York auto show later this month.