Volkswagen starts looking to the future with new diesel engine

7th generation Volkswagen GolfA new year means a new you. And just like we all look forward to a fresh start in January, scandal-ridden German automotive companies do too.

Volkswagen Group this week revealed plans for brand new four-cylinder engines which will go into production in 2017.

The petrol and diesel four-pots will be officially unveiled in April at the Vienna Motor Symposium.

Using the most up-to-date petrol and common-rail diesel processes, Volkswagen say the new power-plants will each have a 1.5-litre capacity and will be used in their Skoda, Seat, Volkswagen and Audi models.

The first car to be treated to the engines will be the seventh-generation Golf, which will get a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-pot petrol unit. This will replace its current 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit, which it should be noted was not involved in the emissions scandal.

The moderate increase in capacity should be enough to yield more torque qualities, and may be partly down to a consolidation of tooling involved in the construction process of diesel and petrol units.

In terms of the diesels, the brand new turbocharged 1.5-litre four-pot engine will replace the outgoing 1.6-litre engine which was caught up in the emissions controversy.

Fans of VW have already been commenting on the new engines, with some pointedly suggesting the company should leave emissions testing to a third party this time around.

Will Titterington
  • 27th January 2016

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