Hyundai and Kia models to now come with 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine

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Hyundai and Kia models in India will soon receive a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine to replace the existing 1.4-litre turbo petrol units powering the Creta, Seltos and Carens.

Creta, Seltos, Carens to get new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol

The 140hp, 242Nm, 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine contributed to reasonable sales shares from Creta, Seltos and Carens. However, it was learned that the new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine would be assembled in India rather than the fully imported 1.4-litre engine. This is likely to provide a cost advantage to the new engine, lowering the price of the models offered.

The 1.5-liter, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine from Hyundai and Kia’s global stable is offered in models such as the Hyundai i30 and Kia Ceed. The unit produces 160hp and 253Nm of peak torque and is paired with a 48V mild hybrid system. However, our sources have said that the mild hybrid technology will not be available in India. Internationally, this engine is offered with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.


The new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine is therefore more powerful than the outgoing unit, with power and torque increased by 20 hp and 11 Nm respectively. Importantly, the 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine will make the Creta and Seltos more powerful than the Taigun and Kushaq, which are currently the most powerful in the segment with a 150hp, 1.5-liter TSI engine.

But it remains to be seen what gearbox options Hyundai and Kia will offer on their models. Currently, the Creta Turbo only has a 7-speed DCT, and the Seltos and Carens can choose a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT. The new engine is expected to debut alongside facelifts when the Creta and Seltos arrive in India.

Hyundai Motor Company discontinues diesel i20 and Bernardo with RDE
This is not the only reorganization of Hyundai’s engine lineup in India. As previously reported, Hyundai will discontinue the 1.5-liter CRDi engine from the i20, which contributes little to sales, but will continue to have diesels still a significant portion of the Venue, Creta and other Kia SUVs. sales.

Likewise, the next-generation Verna, due out in 2023, will no longer use a diesel engine, but will likely come with a new 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine, replacing the old 1.0-liter turbo petrol unit. current model.

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