Tony O'Kane | May 13, 2009

Volkswagen wheeled out two new additions to its extensive range of engines at the recent Vienna Engine Symposium, and both use the increasingly popular small-displacement, forced-induction formula.

Volkswagen 1.2 TSI engineA 1.2 litre turbocharged direct-injected petrol motor is the smallest of the pair, and produces 77kW (103hp) and 175Nm (129lb-ft) of torque.

Despite its small displacement, Volkswagen has managed to screw some decent power out of the all-alloy mill, and the wide torque curve should endow it with more than enough tractability.

The other powerplant is a 1.6 litre turbodiesel, which utilises a low-friction modular design that will make it the basis for future Volkswagen oil-burners.

The diesel will come in various tunes, starting with a 55kW (74hp) number, a 66kW (89hp) version and finishing with a 77kW (103hp) range-topper.

Volkswagen 1.6 TDI engineBoth engines will be available in Euro-market Golfs and Polos from later this year, but Volkswagen Australia tells us there are no plans as yet to incorporate either engine into its local lineup.

With emissions regulations becoming tighter with each passing year and the price of fuel expected to rise once the world starts shaking itself out of recession, small-displacement turbocharged engines like these will undoubtedly become more and more popular with consumers.

In this field, Volkswagen arguably has a head-start. But expect to see greater numbers of manufacturers hopping on the small-engine bandwagon in the near future.

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