Hyundai is looking to turbocharged power as ways to downsize its engines for better emissions and fuel economy while maintaining power. Among the new mills slated to launch is a twin-turbo V6 that’s likely going into the Genesis in a few years.
“You’re going to see smaller displacement, more use of turbocharging. A lot of it is weight-related, all of it is CAFE-related,” Hyundai Motor America CEO David Zuchowski said to Automotive News about the company’s powertrain future. The Korean brand is hardly alone in this move towards downsizing, though, and practically every major automaker is moving in this direction, even Honda with the next Civic.
According to Zuchowski, the twin-turbo V6 will make its way into the Genesis sedan in 2017 or 2018. The company is aiming for power to be on par from the luxury model’s current 420-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8. The new engine should weigh less, though.
The shift towards turbos is planned for the entire model lineup, not just Hyundai’s higher-end vehicles. For example, the recently announced US-spec version of the 2016 Tucson now offers a boosted 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 175 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. Several years ago, there were rumors about a possible turbocharged V6 for a future Genesis Coupe.