Hyundai Will Produce Two Models Of Engines In Russia
The Hyundai WIA engine plant under construction in Saint Petersburg will produce not only a 1.6-liter Hyundai Gamma gasoline engine but also a larger 2.0-liter one. The development of such a motor is provided for by the second stage of the enterprise.
As it became known to Drom, Hyundai Motor has already started searching for outsourcers for casting the block and cylinder head for the 2.0-liter unit. Recall that the contractor for the casting of such parts for the 1.6 engine has already been selected Mexican Nemak, which has its foundry in Ulyanovsk. Under the order of Hyundai, it will invest 1.7 billion rubles in expanding its capacity and will produce up to 220 thousand units and heads per year.
What the 2.0-liter engine is, is not yet known for sure. But with a 99% probability, we can assume that we are talking about the Hyundai Nu, which is installed on the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos crossovers and develops 149 HP.
For the 2.0-liter engine, Hyundai's need for blocks and heads is lower. It should be recalled that the first stage of Hyundai WIA involves the production of 233 thousand engines per year (1.6-liter), with the introduction of the second stage, the plant's capabilities should increase to 330 thousand engines. The difference of 97 thousand — this is probably the plan for Hyundai NU 2.0 engines.
The production of blocks and cylinder heads for Hyundai NU in Russia is claimed not only by Nemak but also by RosALit, which is located at the Zavolzhsky motor plant (ZMZ) and is also part of the Sollers group. Previously, RosALit made cylinder blocks for the Ford engine plant in Yelabuga, which was closed in 2019.
The Hyundai WIA motor plant is being built close to the company's car Assembly plant in Sestroretsk. The company is expected to release its first production batch in October 2021. Hyundai WIA will not have its foundry (it is energy-consuming and environmentally harmful) - only mechanical processing and final Assembly. The second stage of the enterprise is likely to be built in 2022-2023.
The new Hyundai plant promises to become one of the largest enterprises for the production of passenger engines in Russia. In terms of power, it will be second only to AVTOVAZ's mechanical Assembly production (up to 900,000 engines per year) and the Zavolzhsky motor plant (up to 450,000 engines per year).