Being new in the luxury car segment, Hyundai did a great job with the Genesis, but its sales potential isn’t fully realized by not having a diesel engine. Almost all its rivals offer diesel engine options and Hyundai is reportedly now going to do the same.
A new report from Autotimes.co.kr indicates that Hyundai is planning to offer the Santa Fe’s 2.2 four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine on the Genesis. The diesel engine on the South Korean-spec Santa Fe produces 200 PS (197 hp) and 44.5 kg.m (436 Nm) of torque when matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The torque figure drops to 43.0 kg.m (422 Nm) in case of 6-speed manual transmission. The power could be bumped up for the Hyundai Genesis diesel though.
Citing unnamed Hyundai officials, the report claims that the introduction of diesel engine on the Genesis sedan range is expected to happen in year’s time. Currently the luxury sedan is offered with only two naturally aspirated petrol engines. A report published last month said that a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine will also be offered on the Genesis in the U.S. from 2017 or 2018.