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Hyundai reveals new small-displacement Kappa turbo engines


2012 Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference shows direction for engine development

With global trend of engine displacements getting smaller and more efficient with the aid of modern turbocharging; Hyundai recently unveiled its new Kappa 1.0 TCI (Turbocharger Intercooler) and 1.2 T-GDI (Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection) engines for its future models at the 2012 Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference in Korea.

Hyundai has been expanding the inclusion of Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (T-GDI) engines to its models. The company believes that their T-GDI engine boasts great fuel economy, eco-friendliness and high performance. The 1.6 and 2.0 T-GDI engines are already being used in some of its vehicle models like the Genesis Coupe, Sonata Turbo, and Veloster Turbo.

Hyundai also aims to become the leader in transmission technology with its unceasing efforts to develop light-weight and highly fuel-efficient transmission, a great combination of efficiency and performance. As the first automaker to develop 8-speed auto transmission for the rear wheel drive vehicle in-house, Hyundai is focusing on developing transmissions for premium models as well.


To boost overseas sales, Hyundai will offer more customized powertrains in response to local conditions. For example, while Hyundai plans to increase the ratio of T-GDI engine-equipped models in its major markets including the U.S. and China, it also plans to introduce flex-fuel engines for countries better suited for them. For countries with extreme weather conditions, engines that deliver sustainable performance regardless of changes in temperature will be introduced.

Hyundai displayed the Kappa 1.0 TCI engine, Kappa 1.2 T-GDI engine, Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine, Nu 2.0 CVVL engine, Theta 2.0 T-GDI engine, U2 1.1 WGT diesel engine, Euro 6 R 2.0 diesel engine and the Kappa CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to showcase its advanced powertrain technology.

The new 1.0-liter Kappa 1.0 TCI boasts of maximum power of 106ps and maximum torque of 137Nm without sacrificing its eco-friendliness. The three-cylinder 12-valve DOHC engine is equipped with an integrated turbocharger and offset crankshaft. In addition, aluminum cylinder block, plastic intake manifold and head cover reduced the total weight while the ladder frame decreases NVH. No details were given on the 1.2-liter T-GDI however.

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