Kia 1,0L 3-Cylinder “Kappa” Turbo Engine


Kia reveals four new turbocharged engines at the Geneva motor show, including their brand new 1,0L 3-cylinder T-GDI Kappa engine!

If you stop by Kia’s booth in Geneva, you’ll want to check out the all-new cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT hot hatchbacks, as well as the carmaker’s latest concept car called Provo.

What you shouldn’t miss either is the special “powertrain” display where Kia is displaying a range of highly-advanced turbocharged engines.

The South Korean carmaker previews 4 new turbo gasoline direct injection engines which are currently under development in Kia’s research and development centre in South Korea.

New Kia turbo engines

  • Kia’s 3-cylinder 1,0L turbo engine delivers 100 and 120 horsepower, respectively. It also achieves up to 15% fuel efficiency improvement over the current non-turbo 4-cylinder engine. It will be available in Kia Picanto, Rio and Ray models.
  • new Kia 1,2 T-GDI “Kappa” 4-cylinder engine, which promises a similar performance to the current 1,6L 4-cylinder unit.
  • Kia’s 1,6L T-GDI engine generates 204-horsepower and 265 Nm of torque. This highly potent turbo engine is available in the new Kia cee’d GT / pro_cee’d GT models, as well as in Kia Forte Turbo.
  • Kia also displays a revised 2,0L Theta II turbo engine, which churns out impressive 245 horsepower. It will be available in the range topping Kia Sportage and Optima models.

The above-mentioned Kia turbo-charged engines boast innovative features such as the dual continuously variable valve timing DCVVT, high pressure direct injection with up to 200 bar through a six-hole injector, an air-guided inter cooler, enhanced oil injection for improved durability and tumble-enhanced intake ports for more efficient combustion.


  1. Greg says:

    245 horsepower from the 2.0L is NOT impressive. It currently produces 260 HP in the Sportage, and 274 HP in the Optima. Must be a typo.

  2. George says:

    Greg-My comments exactly!

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