South Korean automaker Hyundai has continued to develop its hybrid technology, revealing a new drive train with an eight speed transmission it plans to put in its next generation hybrids.
At the company-organised annual International Powertrain Conference held at Seoul, Hyundai revealed a new Kappa 1.6-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine, capable of producing maximum power of 105PS, and maximum torque of 147Nm.
The engine is specifically to be used in the company’s hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) starting from early 2016.
According to the Hyundai statement, the new engine features a combination of Atkinson cycle, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, and a long stroke specification to maximise thermal efficiency.
At the same time, Hyundai unveiled a new front-wheel-drive 8-speed automatic transmission at the annual exhibition.
Hyundai currently sells a hybrid version of its Sonata sedan model and also recently launched a PHEV version.
The company is planning to sell its new hybrid hatchback model as early as November this year.