Volkswagen has outlined three new engine technologies that will feature in its next-generation of models.
The manufacturer used the Vienna Motor Symposium (April 26-27) to present a combination of petrol, diesel and natural gas engines, new hybrid systems and purely electric drives.
Its strategy is to meet the CO₂ fleet emissions target of 95g/km prescribed in the EU as of 2020.
The first new system is a 48v mild hybrid. Volkswagen will initially launch this variant on the market for the next Golf. With the new 48V technology, Volkswagen aims to make hybrid drives affordable to an extremely large clientèle.
The drive systems reduce consumption and emissions while at the same time offering extra dynamism and comfort with an electric boost function. Volkswagen will gradually extend the electrification of conventional drives to the entire fleet. The next Golf represents the starting point in this worldwide electric campaign.
Volkswagen’s second premiere is a 1.5-litre TGI natural gas engine. It is based on the existing 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine, but is not destined for the UK market
Developing 130PS, the TGI will be sold in European countries where the refuelling infrastructure is more developed.
Natural gas engines operate efficiently and with minimal particle emissions. On the German market, natural gas engines already represent the drive type with the strongest growth.
Diesel is still a significant part of Volkswagen’s strategy, despite other manufacturers abandoning the fuel.
It will launch a new 2.0 TDI diesel engine with a 12v mild hybrid drive. The new TDI engine promises extremely low emissions in all driving cycles with output ranges from 136PS to 204PS.