Hyundai Announces 1.2-liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Engines are getting smaller and more efficient, while automakers continue to search for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.

In Europe, Volkswagen turned to a small 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine to power its more compact models. Now Hyundai is joining the party with its own 1.2-liter, turbo four.

Unfortunately the Korean automaker didn’t disclose performance figures for its new T-GDi Kappa powerplant, instead saying it will emit “less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer.”

The first Hyundais to be equipped with the new 1.2-liter turbo-four should hit European showrooms before the end of the year. It’s believed that it’ll find a home in the Hyundai i20 and i30 and possibly the Kia Picanto and Cee’d. We should be hearing more about performance figures once the T-GDi Kappa actually starts showing up in cars.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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