Meet Kia's 1.0-litre Turbocharged Engine

BY Azfar Hashim

Kia's all new engine developed at the brand's Namyang R&D centre

Kia's all new force-fed 1.0-litre engine will make its world production debut at the 85th Salon International de l’Automobile in Geneva on 3rd March 2015. Called the 'T-GDi (turbo gasoline direct injection) Kappa' engine, it produces 118 bhp and 172 Nm of torque and will debut in the new cee'd GT Line range. This engine has also been engineered to produce lower CO2 emissions.

The T-GDi’s single-scroll turbocharger is paired with an electric waste-gate motor, which improves the turbocharger’s performance with a highly efficient air scavenging strategy. As well as scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion, it is able to open the waste-gate at the same time to improve waste air flow. This innovative system allows for greater low-end torque, more immediate engine response from any throttle position, and improved fuel economy under higher engine loads.

In the Kia cee’d GT Line, the engine’s maximum 172 Nm torque is available across a wide 1,500-4,100 rpm range, with maximum power arriving at 6,000 rpm. The engine is also fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold, which lowers the exhaust gas temperature slightly. As well as improving high speed, high load fuel economy, lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively.