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.
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.
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.