Hyundai already offers a diesel engine in its Veracruz crossover abroad, but like many other would-be U.S-bound oil burners, it doesn't meet the emissions standards of all 50 states. That's said to change, when Hyundai overcomes those hurdles and releases their three-liter V6 diesel in the U.S. in either 2009 or 2010.

The S-engine will be made available initially in the Veracruz, according to Hyundai's CEO, Dong Jim Kim. "We think this is a very good engine. With a little more effort we can meet the U.S. requirements," said Kim during an interview with Automotive News.

The Hyundai-developed V6 utilizes an electronically controlled turbo that increases performance and fuel economy, and at the same time creates 240 HP.

At $27,000, the Veracruz is currently the most expensive model in Hyundai's lineup, so it's safe to assume that the diesel-equipped CUV will command a slight premium.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]