Next generation 2013 Hyundai i10 small car could get 1 Liter Kappa petrol engine and 1.1 Liter CRDI turbo diesel engine
South Korean automaker Hyundai is developing the next generation version of its super popular entry level hatchback, the i10. The next generation i10, code named the BA, could be launched in India during 2013, with brand new engines, both in petrol and diesel guise. The petrol engine is said to be a 1 liter, 3 cylinder unit, based on Hyundai’s popular Kappa series of small capacity petrol engines that feature variable valve timing. Like most three cylinder units, the 1 Liter Kappa engine could be a very fuel efficient unit and a balancer shaft is likely to be used to smooth out the vibrations associated with 3 potters.
The 1 Liter Kappa engine, despite having a small cubic capacity, is said to be more powerful and torquey than the current engine line up on the i10, which consists of 1.1 Liter and 1.2 liter petrol engines. That leads us to wonder whether the new 1 Liter Kappa engine could get direct injection and turbocharging, which is something that isn’t out of the realm of possibilities given the large number of small capacity turbo petrol engines being unveiled by leading car makers across the world. Currently, the 1 Liter Kappa engine is under development in Hyundai’s South Korean research facilities and is expected to be fitted onto test mules of the next generation 2013 i10 by the end of this year.
Thus far, the Hyundai i10 sold in India has been available only with petrol and LPG dual fuel engines even as a diesel engine for this popular hatchback exists for the European market. With the next generation Hyundai i10 though, Hyundai India seems to be having plans of launching diesel engined variants. The 1.1 Liter, three cylinder turbo diesel engine used in the UK spec i10 delivers a peak power of 74 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 152 Nm. The highly frugal engine which produces lo tail pipe emissions, comes with a variable geometry turbocharger and a balancer shaft.
The diesel engine could be manufactured by Hyundai India, at the proposed diesel engine plant, which is currently on hold due to the prevailing uncertainty on diesel tax policy of the Indian government. With this latest bit of buzz emerging about the next generation 2013 Hyundai i10, expect the car to continue its strong performance at the hustings given that the diesel engine will open up a market that was hitherto dominated by Maruti Suzuki’s range of frugal diesel hatchbacks. Expect the next generation 2013 i10 to continue in the tradition of the current model’s high quality interiors.