After launching a slew of good looking and feature packed cars that went on to become massively successful, South Korean car maker Hyundai has set their sights on making their upcoming vehicles even more futuristic. Certain upcoming models of the Hyundai fleet will be outfitted with turbocharged petrol motors, double clutch automatic transmissions and even hybrid technology.
Earlier this year at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo held outside New Delhi, the vehicle manufacturer had displayed new, small petrol engines that had displacements of 1.0 litre and 1.4 litres. The 1.0 litre, turbocharged engine evolved from the 1.0 Kappa petrol engine and is also equipped with direct injection. The older 1.4 litre engine will soon give way to the new 1.4 litre, turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 138 bhp. Larger variations of this motor (such as a 1.6L turbo version) could eventually find its way to powering Hyundai India vehicles such as the recently launched Tucson SUV.
Another piece of technology set to make its appearance in new Hyundai cars is a mild hybrid system. The new Hyundai Verna, which will be launched in India in 2017, will have this system in place to make it more eco-friendly. Energy that would normally be lost as heat while braking will be captured and stored in a battery, which will be used when the vehicle sets off again. With this feature, the Verna will rival cars such as the Maruti Suzuki SHVS, which also employs the same system. Apart from the mild hybrid technology, Hyundai has also begun looking at proper hybrid cars as well. Recently, the company showcased a new series of cars called Ioniq. A fully electric version of the Hyundai Ioniq is already on sale in South Korea, with the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants expected to follow soon.
To improve on fuel efficiency, put out lower emissions and speed up gearshift times, Hyundai has also fabricated a new 7 speed, double clutch automatic transmission. This gearbox will phase out the currently used 6 speed automatic transmission equipped with a torque convertor in many Hyundai models. Larger and more premium models will be equipped with another newly developed transmission, an 8 speed automatic. With tech such as this ready to be brought into the foray, Hyundai seems to be set to continue being a hugely popular car maker in India.