has followed its Korean compatriot Kia into the hotly contested and strongly growing
U.K. and European diesel vehicle market for the first time with the launch of
a turbocharged version of its Trajet MPV (minivan).

The Trajet 2.0TD GSi has a new two-litre, common-rail turbo diesel engine,
developed in-house in Korea.

The seven-seater Trajet diesel costs a competitive £16,499 ($US23,000)
in the UK and comes with a three year unlimited mileage warranty, six years
anti-perforation warranty and three years roadside assistance.

The new model returns 43.5mpg on the European Union’s official fuel economy
extra-urban (country) cycle, 29.7mpg on the urban test and 37.2mpg overall.

Hyundai Trajet

The 1991cc motor develops 111bhp/82kW at 4000rpm and develops 255Nm/188lbs
ft of torque at 2000rpm. It has a top speed of 106mph and the manual version
accelerates from rest to 62mph (100km/h) in a claimed 14.2 seconds.

The single overhead camshaft engine, which features a cast-iron block with
aluminium alloy cylinder head, uses a high-pressure common-rail injection system
developed by Bosch.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard but, unlike most European rivals
such as Citroen’s Picasso, Hyundai also offers a four-speed automatic transmission
option with its diesel engine.

The new Hyundai diesel minivan is also a close rival for Kia’s Sedona
minivan which was launched in Europe last year with a 2.9-litre turbodiesel
engine option and available automatic transmission.

In July Hyundai will launch a two-litre turbo-diesel version of its Santa Fe
SUV in the UK and Europe while, later in the year, the compact Elantra sedan
will also be offered with the same engine.

Hyundai will launch a second new turbodiesel engine in Europe this November.
The 1.5-litre common-rail unit will be offered first in the new Matrix mini-MPV
(minivan) and will also be available in the subcompact Accent hatchback from
next year.

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