Hyundai un­veils next-gen­er­a­tion en­gine at Frank­furt Mo­tor Show

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FRANK­FURT: Hyundai has un­veiled its next-gen­er­a­tion driv­e­train tech­nol­ogy, and an­nounced bold plans for it first elec­tric car­shar­ing pro­gramme, as part of its pres­ence at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Ger­many.

Along­side the pub­lic de­but of three new Euro­pean-mar­ket mod­els – the high-per­for­mance i30 N, the el­e­gant five-door coupé i30 Fast­back and the bold, sub-com­pact Kona SUV – the car­maker also re­vealed the first in its new ‘Smart Stream’ pow­er­train line-up, com­bin­ing a Smart Stream 1.6-litre T-GDi en­gine and Smart Stream wet 8-speed dual clutch trans­mis­sion.

The 1.6-litre T-GDi en­gine in­cor­po­rates an ar­ray of new tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Valve Du­ra­tion (CVVD), which con­tin­u­ously ad­justs the in­let and ex­haust valves’ open­ing times, op­ti­mis­ing the tim­ing to suit all en­gine speeds and con­di­tions. The tech­nol­ogy max­i­mizes per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy, as well as re­duc­ing emis­sions.

CVVD pro­vides an ad­di­tional level of ef­fi­ciency on top of ad- vanced GDi fuel in­jec­tion, which de­liv­ers highly pres­surised fuel di­rectly into the com­bus­tion cham­ber, rather than via an in­let man­i­fold, and tur­bocharg­ing, which uses a tur­bine to force ad­di­tional air into the com­bus­tion cham­ber.

The en­gine is com­bined with the lat­est ver­sion of Hyundai’s dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. With quicker and smoother gear changes than its pre­de­ces­sor, the Smart Stream wet 8-speed DCT also con­trib­utes to low­ered fuel con­sump­tion. Hyundai plans to con­tin­u­ously in­tro­duce more ‘Smart Stream’ badged pow­er­trains in the years to come.

“Hyundai is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able mo­tor­ing and is ex­pand­ing its range of elec­tric, hy­brid, and fuel-cell ve­hi­cles, but we must also recog­nise that for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture most new cars will con­tinue to be pow­ered by in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines,” said Hyundai’s head of Op­er­a­tions for Africa and the Mid­dle East, Mike Song. “As part of the tran­si­tion, we must en­sure that our petrol en­gines are as ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble, by us­ing the best avail­able tech­nol­ogy, re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion and tailpipe emis­sions.”

The ad­vanced in­ter­nal com­bus­tion tech­nol­ogy is de­ployed along­side Hyundai’s grow­ing range of al­ter­na­tive driv­e­trains and is in keep­ing with the com­pany’s am­bi­tion to cre­ate a clear and prac­ti­cal path­way to ecofriendly mo­tor­ing.

Also at Frank­furt, Hyundai an­nounced an­other sig­nif­i­cant step in those plans – the com­pany’s first car-shar­ing scheme for pure­elec­tric ve­hi­cles. To be launched in Am­s­ter­dam in Oc­to­ber, the scheme will use a fleet of 100 Hyundai Ioniq Elec­tric cars, aim­ing to democra­tise e-mo­bil­ity.

The Ioniq is Hyundai’s first model de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for al­ter­na­tive driv­e­trains and is the first car in the world to of­fer buy­ers a choice of hy­brid, plug-in, or pure-elec­tric driv­e­train op­tions. Hyundai was also the first com­pany to in­tro­duce a fuel-cell elec­tric ve­hi­cle, with the Tuc­son FCEV in 2013 and has suc­cess­fully of­fered hy­brid ver­sions of the Sonata in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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