New 3-cylinder power plant will come with about 90 bhp with CO2 emissions below the 100 g/km mark. The new 800cc engine will debut in the Hyundai i10 early next year and will likely be used in other Hyundai and Kia models.

Hyundai will be introducing a new 800cc, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine into its i10 mini car next year. The new engine will sport about 90 bhp and will have CO2 emission below 100 g/km.

A similar powerplant was put on display by Hyundai with the Hyundai i10 Blue CNG concept that premiered at the 2008 Geneva motor show. But that engine was powered by compressed natural gas, emitting only 65 g/km while still having 97 bhp output. Hyundai have probably decided that this i10 i-Blue, as it is likely to be called, would fare better in the market as a straight-up petrol/gasoline powered vehicle.

The i10 i-Blue will be debuting sometime in early 2010 and will likely have a sticker price that tops out the i10 range, placing it above the current range-topping 1.2 Style which costs 8,300 pounds in the U.K. (9,758 euros).

But don't expect prices to be too high, as Hyundai benefits from low production costs on the i10, built in India, and will likely defray those costs further by using the 800cc, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine in other models, including those of sister brand Kia.


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