Before the end of the decade Volkswagen will begin roll-out of its next generation small four-cylinder engine range.
With a focus on improved efficiency, the new engines will be designed to meet more stringent European emissions regulations set to come into effect in 2020 while still falling under the 1.6 litre taxation threshold set by countries like France and China.
Power and torque targets are yet to emerge, but modest improvements over the existing petrol’s 92kW/200Nm and diesel’s 110kW/250Nm outputs are expected.
The first of the new engine generation will be the petrol variant, reportedly to enter production under the bonnet of the Mk7 Golf, in line with an update due before the end of this year.
The new diesel engine is expected to follow up to 12 months later, with a debut in the Audi A3, again coinciding with an update to that vehicle. Volkswagen will wait until the new generation Mk8 Golf appears before making the switch to the new engine.
An anonymous source revealed to UK publication Auto Express that “the installation of the engine in cars like the Golf and A3 is very straightforward”, meaning that minimal changes will be required to existing vehicles to accommodate the new engines.
Depending on a respective model’s life-cycle, the new engines may be introduced as model updates, or could appear in all-new models if development cycles can be aligned.
As well as the new generation of engines, the Mk8 Golf is also expected to arrive in 2018 with weight reductions and aero efficiency improvements to improve its overall consumption and emissions performance.
While mainstream models will certainly be chasing a greener image to wash a bit of the self-inflicted 'stain' off the VW badge, the Mk8 Golf GTi range is set to expand and offer a serious step up in performance, as previously reported here.