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.
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.
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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