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Kia Launches 1.0-Liter Turbo Engine In Europe

Kia is making the move to the 3-cylinder engine with their new 1.0-liter turbocharged unit that will be found in the upcoming Cee’d hatchback in Europe.

The “Kappa” engine will employ direct injection and a single-scroll turbocharger to deliver 118 horsepower and 126-lb.ft. of torque.

This will be just the first in a line of downsized engines, as Kia aims to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions numbers.

The 1.0-liter turbo engine will be the first of the group to appear in a production model when it arrives in the Cee’d before the end of the year.

Kia Kappa Turbo EngineKia has also said that this particular engine will appear in other upcoming models, although it’s not clear if any will land in the US.

If that does happen, expect the Kia Rio and Soul crossover to be where it ends up.

More Fuel Efficient Engine

It is expected that the 1.0-liter turbo unit will deliver an improvement in fuel efficiency in the 10-15% range when compared to the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter direct injection 4-cylinder.

In the case of the US version of the Kia Rio, the 1.6-liter delivers 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined.

That would then hypothetically translate to the 1.0-liter turbo model taking those numbers up to 35 mpg combined and 40 mpg highway.

At this time, there are just a few 3-cylinder vehicles on the road in the US, including the 1.0-liter EcoBoost in the Ford Fiesta and Focus.

BMW also has a 1.5-liter engine in the Mini Cooper.

These smaller turbo engines are quickly becoming popular on a global scale, so it really shouldn’t be much longer before they start to take hold in the US.

If you want to know more details about the latest technology used in the 1.0-liter turbocharged Kia engine, we have the article for you.

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