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Kia Koup getting set for turbo

Kia Cerato Koup is expected to get a direct petrol-injected 1.6-litre engine with a turbocharger.

But that won't happen until at least next year as Kia rolls out its new Cerato hatch and sedan and, finally, the two-door Koup. "We're pushing hard for a turbo car but we have to be patient," Kia Australia spokesman Kevin Hepworth says.

The next model Koup is expected to get a direct petrol-injected 1.6-litre engine with a turbocharger. Kia's global powertrain engineer, Joachim Hahn, indicated at this year's Geneva motor show in March that the first turbo would be in a C-Class car - which is the Cerato - and that it would be announced within 12 months.

"We already make a turbocharged direct-injection engine - the TGDI - and we will bring out a Kia within the next 12 months which is a European GDI turbocharged engine," Hahn says. Kia - an associate company of Hyundai - makes a turbocharged version of  the Optima for the US market and a C'eed turbo for Europe.

The US also gets a turbo-petrol Sportage. The 150kW/264Nm 1.6-litre turbo-GDI engine - which features a twin-scroll turbocharger - is also in the Hyundai Veloster Turbo which is due for Australian launch in December. Hyundai claims its Veloster Turbo is able to deliver 8.7 L/100km city and 6.2 L/100km highway for manual transmission models. It is also available with a six-speed torque-converter automatic.