The global downsizing trend looks East as Hyundai recently revealed its future powertrain strategy, including new Kappa 1.0 TCI (Turbocharger Intercooler) and 1.2 T-GDI (Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol engines, at this year’s Hyundai-Kia International Powertrain Conference in Korea.

The company already has 1.6 and 2.0 T-GDIs, and is expanding the engine range to include “small, yet strong” units with an emphasis on fuel economy, eco-friendliness and high performance. There are also plans to expand the diesel range which currently consists of U, R and S series engines.

The 1.0 TCI is capable of producing 106 PS and 137 Nm of torque, which Hyundai says is exceptional compared to segment rivals. CO2 emissions are also claimed to be less than those of its original gasoline model. The 12-valve DOHC three-cylinder features an integrated turbocharger and offset crankshaft. Keeping weight in check is an aluminium cylinder block as well as an intake manifold and head cover made out of plastic. No details yet on the 1.2 T-GDI, so we’ll have to wait and see for that one.

In a bid to boost overseas sales, the company will also offer more customised powertrains to suit individual markets around the globe. For instance, while Hyundai plans to increase the ratio of T-GDI engine-equipped models in its major markets like the US and China, it also plans to introduce flex-fuel engines for countries better suited for them. For countries with extreme weather conditions, Hyundai will provide engines that deliver sustainable performance regardless of temperature changes.

Other engines showcased at the conference were the Gamma 1.6 T-GDI, Nu 2.0 CVVL, Theta 2.0 T-GDI, U2 1.1 WGT diesel and Euro 6 R 2.0 diesel. The Kappa CVT was also on display.