Hyundai is back to bet on turbo engine. On the other hand, you still see customers afraid of this kind of technology. Therefore, it decided to keep versions with 1.6 aspirated in the new HB20, although it has less torque and worse consumption.
The new turbocharged 3-cylinder 1.0 has the same engine base as the previous HB20. But it gained direct injection and lost its cold pack. As a result, horsepower jumped to 120 horsepower, while torque jumped to 17.5 kgfm, available between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm.
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This engine will fit the high-end versions of the HB20 in hatch and sedan bodies, but interestingly, it will not be available on the adventurous HB20X.
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In this case, only the four-cylinder 1.6 and 130 hp and 16.5 kgfm will be available. It is the same engine already used in Crete.
According to the general product manager of Hyundai Motor Brazil, Rodolfo Stopa, the decision is justified by the difficulty of homologating this engine for a version that will represent only 10% of sales.
In addition, Stopa still sees some resistance from customers. “The turbo is still starting. As a niche, we choose a safer motorization. So we think this is not the right time to get rid of 1.6, ”he said.
However, the future of turbo engine will depend on customer acceptance. "Part of the public still believes the bigger engine is better, but that is changing," said Stopa.
If this change happens quickly, the 1.6 engine may even disappear from the HB20 catalog. “We have no problem changing,” he added.
However, the same should not be true of the Crete, from whom the HB20 inherited the 1.6 engine. Asked whether the compact SUV could become turbocharged, Stopa was emphatic. "No plans for 1.0 in Crete," he said.
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