Hyundai ute to get six-cylinder power?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
17 Jan 2020

A new report is claiming Hyundai’s upcoming ute will get the straight-six diesel engine that recently debuted in the new Genesis GV80 luxury SUV.

The news, from Cars Guide, cites Hyundai Motor’s head of research and development, Albert Biermann as its source, who said: “With this engine we can have so many applications. As you know, we make commercial vehicles and so on, so this engine will be out there for quite some time. You don’t need to worry about that engine.”

Extrapolating that, there’s a reasonably good chance the engine will power some version of the new Hyundai ute. The GV80’s new platform could also form the bones of the workhorse, as both it and the engine can be formatted for rear- or all-wheel drive. The platform is also hybrid-compatible.

In the Genesis, the engine offers 205kW and 588Nm, enough to give the likes of the VW Amarok V6 (200kW/580Nm) and the Mercedes X-Class V6 (190kW/550Nm) a run for their money.

Should the GV80 donate its hardware to the forthcoming ute, we could see a selection of petrol engines make an appearance. The GV80 SUV has a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing up to 226kW as well as a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 with 283kW/529Nm. The latter could be adorned with an N badge to take the fight to the rumoured Ford Ranger Raptor V8.

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