Hyundai is currently developing a new 800cc turbocharged inline-3 engine for its smaller models. producing about 90+ horsepower, which is about the equivalent of a normally aspirated 1.2 to 1.4 litre engine, depending on how aggressive the tune is.
This new 800cc engine will likely be offered first as some form of alternative to the new 1.2 litre Kappa engine (80 horses) in the markets that can afford it, and later probably completely replace it if they are able to price it well. This engine will likely find its way into the Hyundai i10 and the Kia Picanto and later other cars like the Hyundai i20 (Getz).
There are not many turbocharged gasoline engines in the Hyundai-Kia line-up, with the most modern one coming to my mind being the 2.0 litre GDI Turbo unit based on the GEMA engine that was announced late last year. Hyundai’s turbocharged GEMA engine trumps its rivals with the addition of direct injection.
The Kia Forte Koup with its killer looks are just dying for a more powerful engine like a turbo inline-4, as the 2.4 litre version just doesn’t cut it, being quite far off from hitting the 200 horsepower mark. There was also a 1.6 litre GDI Turbo that was slotted into the Hyundai ix-onic Concept from March this year – that one made about 170 horses.