Hyundai has just announced a new all-aluminium diesel engine family, the R-Engine family which comes in two displacements – 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre. These motors are key to Hyundai and Kia’s continued efforts to make it big in the European market, and they are Euro 5 compliant thanks to a close-coupled diesel particulate filter. The 2.0 litre unit produces 184 PS and 392Nm of torque while the 2.2 litre unit produces 200 PS and 436Nm of torque, which are pretty impressive figures for a single-turbocharged engine.
It uses an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger and a third generation commonrail system with piezo-electric injectors injecting fuel pressurized at 1,800 bar. It is driven by an internal steel silent timing chain, and also has a lower balance shaft encased in a stiffened ladder frame for increased rigidity. These measures helps reduce vibration.
The new R-Engine family will go into production in 2009 and will first appear in new SUVs and large saloons. The Hyundai ix55 and the new Kia Sorento will probably be one of the first few Hyundai vehicles to feature this engine.