Hyundai India will soon discontinue the 1.4-litre diesel engine offered on the Hyundai Venue in favour of the 1.5-litre diesel mill from Kia Seltos. Read ahead to know more.
In response to the approaching BS6 emission norms, Hyundai Motors India Ltd (HMIL) is planning to offer the 1.5-litre diesel engine from the Kia Seltos and 2020 Creta in the Hyundai Venue. The new oil-burner will come in as a replacement for the current BS4-compliant 1.4-litre CRDi motor.
Hyundai Motors India’s decision to continue offering diesel engines is in contrast to Maruti’s strategy. The latter has decided to discontinue diesel engine variants of all of its small cars. Instead, the country's largest-selling carmaker will focus instead on CNG-technology until the advent of full-fledged electric cars. The older diesel engine offered in the Venue will not be upgraded to meet the BS6-emission norms. Kia, which is Hyundai's sister concern, introduced the Seltos with the BS6-compliant 1.5-litre diesel mill last year.
Apart from the Venue, Hyundai will also offer the same engine in the upcoming next-gen Elite i20, next-gen Creta, and the Verna facelift. That said, the engine might be tuned differently for each car. That engine is good for 115 PS and 250 Nm of max power and peak torque, respectively. Sharing engines and components among different models is a smart strategy, as it helps manufacturers keep R&D costs in check.
Currently, the Hyundai Venue has three different engine options on offer- a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated inline-4 petrol, a 1.0-litre turbocharged inline-3 petrol, and 1.4-litre inline-4 turbo-diesel. The 1.2-litre petrol offers 83PS of max power and 115Nm of peak torque. The turbo-petrol engine generates 120PS and 172Nm. The diesel motor, as discussed above, offers 90PS and 220Nm of peak power and torque, respectively.
Hyundai Venue will share its platform and engine options with the Kia Seltos
Although Hyundai and Kia operate largely independent of each other, the two companies share a lot of tech with each other. The next-gen Hyundai Creta shares its platform with the Kia Seltos, and the upcoming Kia Sonet will be based on the Hyundai Venue. It would be interesting to see if the Sonet will offer the exact same engines and equipment list as the Venue, or there will be significant differences between the two, thus making the former a tad bit more premium than the latter.