One of the difficult machines to design from the ground up are the engines. And researching and developing brand new engines requires a lot of time as well as a lot of investment. Now, to save time and other resources, many carmakers share the powertrain with each other. This allows the manufacturers to also keep the cost a little low. With that clear, let’s look at the cars in the Indian automotive market that share the same motor despite being from different carmakers.
Hyundai Alcazar & Kia Seltos (1.5L Diesel Engine)
The recently launched 6/7 seater from the Korean carmaker Hyundai comes with a couple of engines. A 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel. Talking about the Seltos, this too comes with two engines, turbo petrol and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel.
Now you might have guessed already that it is the 1.5-litre turbo diesel that is common between the two cars. Where this 1.5-litre powerhouse is just about adequate for Seltos, it will definitely feel a lot underpowered when considering the full load in Hyundai Alcazar.
Tata Nexon & Tata Altroz (1.2L Turbo Petrol)
Automakers across the globe share the powertrain not only between brands but also in different segments in their own lineup. Of course, those engines sit in a different state of tune under the hood. Here in India, Tata Nexon and Tata Altroz come powered by the same turbo petrol engine and a turbo diesel engine.
A 1.2-litre 3 cylinder MPi turbo petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel are the engines. Talking about the petrol powerhouse, in Altroz the engine produces 100ps and a similar engine in Nexon generate 120ps of max power.
Nissan Kicks & Mercedes Benz A-Class (1.3L Turbo Petrol)
One of the unexpected cars to share identical engines are the Nissan Kicks and Mercedes Benz A-Class. The common engine between the cars is a 1.3-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol engine. Daimler, Nissan and Renault together researched and developed this super powerful engine. This small 1.3-litre engine generates a max power of 154ps and a peak torque of nearly 254Nm.
Skoda Kushaq & Volkswagen Taigun (1.5L Turbo Petrol)
Moving on to the German carmakers the two cars that share the same powertrain are the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun. Talking about Volkswagen, the company has not yet disclosed the engines that will be powering this SUV, but we anticipate Taigun to come with a similar motor like the Skoda Kushaq.
Speaking of which, under the hood, Skoda Kushaq comes with a couple of turbo petrol engines, a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder and a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder motor. Naturally, it is the former motor that generates more power and torque figures.
MG Hector & Tata safari (2.0L Turbo Diesel)
After the implementation of the BS6 norms, many companies ditched diesel motors. But the other companies that have still have diesel powertrains either share among their cars lineup or in between companies.
This is where MG Hector and Tata Safari comes into play. Both of the cars share the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel motor. But the catch is that both the engines sit in a different state of tune. Another fact is their both these cars borrow these 4 cylinder motors from the Jeep brand.