Hyundai-Kia’s 1.0-liter Kappa turbocharged gasoline direct injection (T-GDi) debuts next week at the Geneva Motor Show. It joins , as well as , on the European stage, and will debut in the Kia cee’d GT this Fall. Soon thereafter, it will debut in other Hyundai and Kia models.
The diminutive motor produces 118 hp at 6,000 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500-4,100 rpm. It is claimed to have lower CO2 emissions and 10%-15% better fuel economy than Hyundai-Kia’s naturally aspirated 1.6-liter GDi engine. Developed at the company’s Namyang, South Korea R&D center, the 1.0-liter has a number of interesting features. These include laser-drilled fuel injectors with six individual holes laid out in a pyramid shape for more even fuel distribution, injection pressures up to 200-bar (2,900 lb./in.2), a straight intake port for more tumble, a single-scroll turbo with an electric wastage for better scavenging,an integrated exhaust manifold, and a dual-thermostat split cooling system that allows the head and block to be cooled independently. — CAS