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Hyundai Reveals What’s in Store for Future Vehicle Powertrains

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Hyundai future powertrain Smart Stream photo debut

Automobiles are constantly being reinvented for the future, not only in their external appearances but in the inner workings that drive them. That’s why the International Powertrain Conference was held in Korea a couple weeks ago. At this two-day event, experts and engineers from many different companies and institutes gathered to discuss the future of powertrain technology.

At the center of this conversation was Korean automaker Hyundai, whose ongoing influence on the industry has steadily guided the development of new types of powertrains. For the event, Hyundai displayed the first four engines and two transmissions from its forthcoming lineup of Smart Stream powertrains.

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Hyundai’s Smart Stream technology, first debuted earlier this year at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, aims to be more environmentally friendly than current engines. This is achieved by reducing the size and weight of engine components to improve fuel efficiency and maximize thermal efficiency. Exhaust emissions are also reduced, which in turn brings Hyundai closer to its goal of reaching long-term emissions goals.

At the conference, Hyundai mentioned the importance if improving internal combustion engines, as they will probably stick around for another decade before being replaced by plug-in and electric powertrains. Concurrently, Hyundai isn’t shying away from enhancing battery capacity, extending electric only range capabilities, and making a better fuel cell-based hydrogen powertain.

Hyundai’s Smart Stream tech will first be introduced into its models via 1.6-liter petrol and diesel Smart Stream engines in coming years before spreading to other powertrains. According to Hyundai, “By 2022, Hyundai Motor Group aims to develop an all-new Smart Stream powertrain line-up composed of 10 gasoline engines, six diesel engines, and six transmissions.”

Expect to see Smart Stream technology arrive at dealerships in the coming years.

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