With all the buzz surrounding downsized powertrains, Hyundai-Kia has announced that it will launch a 1.2 litre T-GDi Kappa petrol engine in Europe. The four-cylinder unit will take on Volkswagen’s 1.2 TSI unit and Renault’s TCE engine.
The powerstation’s exact displacement is 1,248 cubic centimetres and features two belt-driven overhead camshafts which open and close sixteen valves.
Like other small, turbocharged petrol engines, Hyundai’s new unit uses a compact turbocharger and direct-injection – the latter injects petrol directly into the combustion chamber instead of mixing it with air in the intake manifold. This makes for a more efficient combustion process, improves fuel economy, and reduces CO2 emissions.
Hyundai has not released any technical figures, but has said that the engine will emit “less than 110 grams of CO2 per kilometre.”
Engineers claim that the turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine was developed for usage in B- and C-segment cars, meaning the mill is likely to be bolted under the i20/Kia Rio and Soul and Hyundai i30/Kia Cee’d.
The first cars equipped with the new Kappa engine will hit dealerships before year’s end.