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Hyundai reveals first of all-new petrol and diesel range

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) has revealed the first of a new generation of petrol and diesel engines, claiming conventional powertrains will still have a strong market presence in 2025.

Hyundai Ioniq

HMG sees conventional powertrains as vital, despite growing electrification.

All-new 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines have broken cover at the carmaker’s International Powertrain Conference in Seoul, the first of what will be a range comprising 10 petrol and six diesel engines offered across the Hyundai and Kia brands by 2022.

HMG hasn’t offered much information yet, but said these ‘Smart Stream’ engines will be smaller and lighter than the units they replace, and use more advanced combustion techniques to improve thermal efficiency – in essence, that’s reducing the amount of energy from fuel which is wasted as heat. The new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine features variable valve timing, to suit economical or sporty driving, for example.

These will be supported by a range of six new transmissions, including an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox which was also shown in Seoul. The carmaker said it expects the combustion engine to have an ongoing role in its range over the next decade, despite the growth of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Alternative drivetrains are on its priority list, though; it’s investing in higher-capacity batteries to improve their electric range, and is developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which will produce 161bhp and travel 500 miles between refills, a prototype version of which was shown in August.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.