According to a media report, the Hyundai Venue is likely to replace its old BS4 compliant 1.4-litre diesel engine with a BS6 compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine similar to the one on its subsidiary brand’s, the Kia Seltos. If sources are to be believed the new BS6 engine will make 10 hp more power than the outgoing engine.
The BS6 compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 115 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque on the Kia Seltos and will be shared by the upcoming mid-segment SUV the Hyundai Creta. But for the sub-compact Venue, the engine is likely to be downgraded by using a fixed geometry turbocharger (FGT) instead of a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT).
This change in the forced induction system brings the power output down to 100 hp which is 15 hp less than the larger SUV models but 10 hp more than the 1.4-litre U2 CRDi engine that produces 90 hp of power and 220 Nm of torque. The torque figures on the new 1.5-litre FGT diesel are unavailable at the moment but are speculated to be upwards or at least match the older 220 Nm torque output.
To put things into perspective, the rival from Mahindra, the XUV300 is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 117 hp of power and a class-leading 300 Nm of torque and comes with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed AMT. The Tata Nexon also powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine produces 110 hp of power and 260 Nm of torque mated to both a 6-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. The Ford EcoSport with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine which generates the same 100 hp power output as compared to the speculated BS6 Venue falls behind in the torque department with 205 Nm of torque.
The 1.5-litre FGT engine is also likely to make its way to the Kia Sonet compact SUV which is slated to be launched in the second half of this year and will rival the Hyundai Venue in the Indian market.