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Hyundai plans new crossover, turbo engine

'Automotive News' reports on Hyundai's new power plant.

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LOS ANGELES--Hyundai will add a crossover and a turbocharged engine to its U.S. lineup.

The new vehicle will be based partly on the HED-5 i-Mode concept that debuted for North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The HED-5 is a three-row, six-passenger crossover that uses a variety of lightweight materials.

Hyundai executives did not say when the U.S. crossover would debut, but it is expected to be seven seats and could go on sale as early as the 2010 model year.

The concept is powered by a new 2.0-liter, 268 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine--the Theta Turbo GDI.

The engine uses gasoline direct-injection technology that, according to Hyundai, can improve fuel economy 15 percent to 20 percent. It also uses continuously variable valve timing.

According to Hyundai, variants of the engine will be used in Hyundai models in the future.

Hyundai's HED-5 i-Mode concept
Hyundai's HED-5 i-Mode concept crossover has six-passenger seating. Rick Kranz/Automotive News

"The HED-5 i-Mode concept provides a glimpse into the future of travel," said John Krafcik, product development chief for Hyundai Motor America.

He said the concept uses "innovative weight-saving technologies; a modern, fuel-efficient, four-cylinder injection turbo; and a flexible interior package."

The concept also features a multimedia package that offers access to the Web, video games, movies, and video phones. The front-row seats swivel to face the second row.

(Source: Automotive News)