Just recently, it was reported by Korea JoongAng Daily that Hyundai Motor Group suspended the development of diesel engines, therefore, serving as its latest step in shifting toward zero-emission vehicles. This means that the South Korean automaker will no longer launch any new diesel engines from here on out.
It seems like Hyundai has been following the footsteps of other automakers, as the majority are now slowly transitioning towards hybrids and EVs given the increased demand in Western Countries and sales amid tightening regulations on nitrogen oxide-emitting vehicles.
Based on the report from Korea JoongAng Daily, the development of diesel engines was suspended from the second half of last year. On the side note, gasoline engines shall continue to be developed, given that it plays an essential role in hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Locally, Hyundai has a number of vehicles carrying its R and U series of diesel engines, the following include subcompact Accent, compact Tucson, the midsize Santa Fe, and the Grand Starex. Despite this news, the local market will not be losing its diesel line of vehicles, in fact, the brand won’t immediately halt its production of diesel engines. We can expect that existing engines will be improved upon, but totally new diesel engines are not to be expected any time soon or in the future.
Guided by its goal of achieving zero emissions, Hyundai has been prioritizing its Electric Vehicle (EV) sub-brand, Ioniq. By next month, the Ioniq 5 midsize crossover will be the first model to be revealed, followed by the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022, and the Ioniq 7 SUV. The South Korean automaker is serious about developing new and innovative EVs for future consumers.
As we are facing a new age, there is a possibility that diesel, as well as gasoline-powered vehicles, will cease in replacement of modern EVs which offer zero emissions and better efficiency. Right now, however, that’s not the case, as the current line of diesel motors being sold by Hyundai shall continue its availability. Plus, improved versions of these engines are expected in the near future.