Hyundai has announced a new turbocharged variant of the 1.6 litre Gamma petrol engine, along with a Euro VI compliant 2.0 litre R-Series turbodiesel.
The 1.6 turbo is based on the engine used by the Hyundai Accent, Veloster and Kia Rio. The new unit employs a twin-scroll turbocharger, air-to-air intercooler, direct injection and variable valve timing to produce 152kW and 265Nm. Not bad for a mere 1.6 litre.
Officially dubbed the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI, the turbo four-cylinder is Euro V compliant and is set to enter service in a number of Hyundai and Kia models - including the Veloster - from mid-2012.
Whether it makes its way to our shores has yet to be determined, however there is a high level of interest within Hyundai Australia for a turbocharged powertrain.
An updated version of the 2.0 litre R-Series diesel engine will also be rolled out across the Hyundai and Kia ranges soon, boasting improved efficiency to make it compliant with Euro VI emissions legislation.