Speaking at the symposium, VW development boss Hans-Jakob Neusser said the new transmission can handle up to 500Nm of torque, and can be matched with either longitudinal or transversely-mounted engines.
The move to double-digit ratios was first announced by Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn at last year’s Vienna symposium, with a new high-performance diesel project revealed at the same time.
Neusser revealed the new diesel engine will be a 2.0 litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder unit, with power listed at 176kW.
The new ten-speed transmission is set to replace the six-speed DSG, which is currently fitted to Volkswagen Group models with higher levels of power and torque.
As with most other carmakers currently cramming as many ratios as possible into transmission cases, the move to ten forward gears is mostly aimed at improving efficiency.
General Motors and Ford in the US are jointly working on both nine- and ten-speed automatics, while Chrysler’s new 200 sedan now comes with a nine-speed auto, aiding a 13 percent improvement to fuel consumption over the previous four-cylinder model.
Transmission specialist ZF’s nine-speed unit has been available in several models for some time, with ZF boss Stefan Sommer previously saying that nine gears was “the natural limit”.
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