The Powertrain R&D Center of Hyundai Motor Company has completed development of a new, more fuel efficient and cleaner diesel engine for compact passenger vehicles (C-segment and below). Displacing 1,582-cc, the U2 is an inline four cylinder engine which utilizes second generation common rail diesel injection system.

“Our diesel engine development capabilities are truly world-class and the proof can be seen in the U2. It’s the leader of the class and it makes us proud,” said Dr. Hyun-Soon Lee, president of the Hyundai-Kia Corporate R&D Division.

The first car to have the U2 engine installed will be the successor model of the Getz, the all-new i20 sub–compact. The i20, due to be launched in Europe towards the end of 2008, will be produced at Hyundai Motor Co.’s Indian subsidiary in Chennai.

The U2 engine delivers a fuel economy rating of 4.7 L/100km (50 mpg), low CO2 emissions of 125g CO2 per km, the best Torque in its class: 26.5kg.m@1900~2750rpm, and is fully compliant with the latest Euro 4 emission standards.