Ever wondered what those letters attached to your car mean? Or have you ever been in traffic and wondered what on earth is the difference between a CDTI and a TFSI? Well, in this blog we take a look at the meanings behind various engine names and what the acronyms stand for.
TBi - TBi is the petrol turbo engine it stands for turbo benzina injection. Benzina is Italian for petrol.
TFSI/TSI â€“ TFSI stands for Turbo fuel stratified injection â€“ essentially a petrol engine with a turbo.
TDI â€“ TDI stands for turbocharged direction injection â€“ a turbodiesel.
Blue DCI â€“ DCI stands for diesel common rail injection â€“ a diesel turbocharged engine.
Ford share their engines with a few manufacturers but keep the acronyms unique.
Honda builds unique engines and this translates into how they name them, too.
i-VTEC â€“ VTEC stands for intelligent valve timing electronic control and can be a turbo and non-turbo petrol engine. A common engine found throughout the range including the Civic.
i-DTEC â€“ this stands for intelligent diesel technology electronic control.
GDI â€“ A type of Hyundai â€œGammaâ€ engine. Gdi stands for gasoline direct injection and is used to describe Kia and Hyundaiâ€™s naturally aspirated petrol engine. Found in the i20 and up for Hyundai and the Kia Rio.
TGDI â€“ Another of Hyundaiâ€™s â€œGammaâ€ engines. TGDI stands for turbocharged gasoline direct injection and is Kia and Hyundaiâ€™s turbocharged petrol engine. You can find the TGDi in a Tucson and Kia Optima.
CRDi â€“ A part of Hyundaiâ€™s â€œUâ€ engines. CRDI stands for common rail direct injection, usually paired with a turbocharger. Commong among most Hyundai and Kia models.
GSE â€“ GSE is an engine made by the Fiat/Chrysler partnership and seen newer models of Fiat 500X and Jeeps such as the Renegade. It stands for Global Small Engine and is a naturally aspirated 1.0 3 cylinder indirect injected petrol engines.
ED4 â€“ Land Roverâ€™s eD4 engine is the Ford TDCI engine rebadged and is Land Roverâ€™s 2WD turbo charged diesel engine. The 4 stands for the number of direct fuel injectors. One can assume that ED4 could stand for Economical Diesel (4). Most common in the Range Rover Evoque.
TD4 â€“ The TD4 BMW-sourced4 engine is a more powerful and perhaps more rugged diesel engine. It stands for Turbo Diesel. Can be seen in the Discovery Sport among others.
Si4 â€“ Si4 is Land Roverâ€™s 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The â€œSâ€ stands for sequential, the â€œiâ€ presumably means injection and the 4 references the cylinders.
VTI â€“ VTI means variable valve lift and timing injection and is MGs naturally aspirated and economical petrol engines. Itâ€™s from the Rover K-Series and not the same engines as the PSA group although it is extremely similar.
TGI-Tech â€“ TGI stands for Turbocharged gasoline injection and is MGâ€™s turbo petrol engine. Itâ€™s a rebadged GDI engine.
DI-D â€“ DI-D stands for Direct Injection diesel. Common in most models including the Outlander.
DCI â€“ DCI for Nissan is the same as Renaultâ€™s diesel common rail injection engine. Juke's make good use of this engine.
DiG-T â€“ DiG-T stands for Direct Injection Gasoline Turbocharged and is Nissanâ€™s more powerful but still economical petrol engines. Popular with Qashqais.
VVT-I â€“ VVTi stands for variable valve timing-injection and is a common engine type for small petrol hatchbacks such as the Yaris.
D-4s â€“ The D4-S engine is a Toyota GT86 specific engine which stands for Direct injected 4 cylinder swept displacement.
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