Hyundai shows new engines and eight-speed automatic transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

At the Beijing Auto Show, Hyundai's most applauded display was the Verna, also called the Accent. But another thing that caught the attention of many was Hyundai's display of its latest powertrain hardware. Hyundai showcased two new direct-injection engines, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Of the two new DI engines, the new 1.6-liter direct-injection I-4 is the smaller one. Hyundai had said previously that it isn't likely to apply this technology on extremely small engines but it does just that with its direct fuel injection on a smaller Hyundai engine.

The engine is particularly useful in markets that tax owners by displacement or fuel consumption. The engine is able to generate 138hp, offering 28 hp more than Hyundai's port-injected 1.6-liter I-4.

The engine is expected to be used in the new Accent as well as the Tucson SUV, but it's possible that it will only be offered in foreign markets. Direct fuel injection also plays a major role in Hyundai's larger Lambda V-6 engine family.

The carmaker also displayed a direct-injection 3.3-liter V-6, which can produce 296hp. Meanwhile, the non-DI 3.3-liter V-6 that's featured in the 2011 Azera only generates 250hp.

Hyundai intends on using direct injection on all its Lambda V-6 models, including the 3.8-liter engine found in the certain vehicles, including the Genesis Sedan, Genesis Coupe, and Veracruz crossover.

Hyundai's new eight-speed automatic was developed and built entirely in-house like how it handled the new six-speed automatic used in the 2011 Sonata.

The carmaker has yet to disclose the list of cars that will get the transmission but it will probably be placed in luxury sedans like the Genesis and the upcoming 2011 Equus, enabling it to directly compete with Lexus' LS.

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