Downsizing is now the trend in the automotive industry. With the emission norms becoming stricter, companies are resorting to smaller turbocharged engines to meet emission norms and help keep power up. Hyundai it seems is the next company to join that line.
According to this report, the company has shelved plans of getting electric vehicles to the country and has announced that the sub 4-meter SUV (Carlino) will come with a turbo petrol engine, which will displace 1 liter. Currently, the Ecosport is the only other compact SUV to have a 1.0 liter turbo petrol engine.
The Nexon, when launched too will have a turbo petrol engine (1.2 liter albeit). The 1.0 liter turbo petrol is on offer in either 100 or 120 Bhp state of tune and the company could choose either, based on what they see right. The company could also be looking to bring in an AMT with that vehicle.
Currently, Hyundai has only conventional torque converters on offer and they have begun showing their age. Major rival Maruti has now started using the AMT on most of their vehicles, thus making the market larger for automatics. The engine globally gets a manual gearbox only.
Turbo petrols are getting popular
Currently, only Ford and Maruti offer 1.0 liter turbo petrol engines in their line up. The only downside could be the pricing. Currently, both Ford and Maruti have priced their respective turbo petrol engines on the higher side, as compared to their normal naturally aspirated engine variants.
What however, is better in a turbo engine is performance. When it is launched, it will take on the likes of the Vitara Brezza, the Ecosport and the soon to be launched Tata Nexon. The Carlino is expected to make it to production in 2019. It will most likely be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo as well.