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Dream combination: Hyundai i45 with 1.6T-GDI

By SYF77 on 29 Jun 2012

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Hyundai Motor Company has recently expanded its “turbo” engine family with the introduction of a brand-new 1.6-Litre T-GDI turbo engine. Based on the existing 1.6-Litre GDI four-cylinder engine which is currently propels the Korean-market Hyundai Avante, the unit boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger which significantly improves the engine response and performance. It generates a maximum output of 204bhp and torque of 27.0kgf.m at 6,000 rpm and 1,750 rpm respectively.

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Currently fitted only to the Hyundai Veloster, the motor will also appear in the upcoming 2013 Hyundai ix30 and next-generation Kia cee’d. Hmm….the Volvo S80, Peugeot 508 and Citroen C5 all have a 1.6L turbocharged variant. Did Hyundai miss out something here?

I believe readers could have guessed what I am driving at. Like its European counterparts, Hyundai has a large sedan in the form of the curvy i45. And like Volvo and the PSA Group, Hyundai has a 1.6-Litre turbocharged lump in its parts bin. Hyundai has the necessary ingredient to cook a delicious “dish” for their customers in the form of a 1.6-Litre turbocharged i45 sedan.

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Such a sedan would be very marketable in a country like ours, where road tax is tagged to a car’s engine capacity. With 204 hp on tap, there should be very little to sacrifice in terms of performance (if any) for paying low road tax.

I hope that Hyundai management is toying with the idea secretly. If it becomes a reality, the Korean automaker could have dealt the Camry, Accord and Teana with a knock-out blow.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Zappy Jun 29 2012 09:12 PM
Dun think it will happen....before knocking out it's competitors, their own Elantra will be murder.
Soran Jul 01 2012 05:17 AM
The 1.6 T-GDI will be a better fit in the Elantra

At 200bhp, it will slaughter the VW Jetta, the Alfa 159 and the other compact turbocharged sedan
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