Hyundai Announces New 1.6-liter Hybrid Engine, 8-Speed Auto
Hyundai announced Tuesday its 1.6-liter hybrid engine that will likely appear in the company’s Prius fighter when that car goes on sale around 2017. The company also unveiled a new 8-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel drive cars.
The new Kappa 1.6-liter GDI engine runs on an Atkinson cycle and uses cooled exhaust gas recirculation to increase fuel efficiency.
Hyundai said the engine would produce 104 horsepower and 108 pounds-feet of torque and would be used in hybrid applications.
In addition to the new engine, Hyundai also announced an 8-speed automatic transmission fit for front-wheel drive applications. The new gearbox will increase fuel economy by 7.3 percent, according to the automaker, and replace the 6-speed automatic transmission currently fitted in its large and luxury cars .
According to Hyundai, even with two additional forward gears and one more clutch than the 6-speed auto, the new transmission weighs 7 pounds lighter than the outgoing transmission.
The automaker didn’t specify where the transmission would likely appear, but you and I know it’s probably the Azera and everything else.
As I'm rapidly turning into a regular Kia customer for daily drivers, I'm looking at this one with great interest. Stick it in the Forte platform, or a dedicated hybrid based on the same size, and I'll be very interested.
Glad to see that Hyundai/KIA have not joined the turbo/ CVT craze that is so pervasive in today's car market.
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106HP? That seems low even without the electric add. I wish manufacturers would offer more powerful small hybrids. The Prius with the Camry Hybrid drivetrain would be pretty sweet.... kind of a green Camry V6. It doesn't make sense to me that choosing a hybrid means having to accept (comparatively) glacial performance.