New, more environmentally friendly, 1.5-litre petrol/diesel engines for forthcoming Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.
VW to replace 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines
The Volkswagen Group plans to launch new, 1.5-litre, petrol and diesel engines to pass stricter emission standards that comes into force in 2020. Details are sketchy, but the petrol unit – that has 4 cylinders – looks set to replace the 1.4-litre TSI power plant that is available in the current Volkswagen Golf and SKODA Octavia.
The increase in displacement from 1.4-litres to 1.5-litres brings what one insider called the: “Potential for added torque”. The engine might pull better at low revolutions such as 1,500, in other words. Extra torque might also allow motorists to (say) stay in third gear whereas the old, 1.4-litre engine, might require second.
Rumours suggest that the petrol engine's first appearance will be in the Golf Mk7 toward the end of 2016. At this point, this range of hatchbacks and estates will receive its mid-life upgrade. This 1.5-litre power plant is then likely to continue its life in the all-new version of the vehicle which is expected to launch in 2018.
New 1.5-litre diesel engine
The 1.5-litre diesel engine looks set to launch a year later than its sibling. Its likely first outing will be in the forthcoming Audi A3, followed by the Golf Mk8. It will replace a 1.6-litre TDI.
“The installation of the engine in cars like the Golf and A3 is very straightforward,” said a high-level VW source. “The engines are all new but their dimensions are very similar to what we currently use, so they can slot into existing cars or facelifts.”
Volkswagen Group brands
The Volkswagen Group is a worldwide enterprise that incorporates: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT, SKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati (motorbikes), Scania (trucks and buses) and Man (trucks and buses).
Volkswagen Group sales
Volkswagen Group worldwide sales hit 847,800 in January 2016 which was 3.7% higher than the same month in 2015. This figure incorporated Volkswagen Passenger Cars (521,400) followed by: Audi (143,200), SKODA (91,600), Seat (27,700), Porsche (19,900), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (31,200), Man (6,800) and Scania (5,400).
The VW Group says it sells 1 in 5 cars in the United Kingdom. In part, it attributes this success to the: “Legacy of iconic vehicles like the Beetle, the Audi Quattro and the Volkswagen Camper Van”.
In 2015 – a record year for the UK market – the Volkswagen Golf was the 4th best seller. 73,409 found homes. It was joined in the top 10 by the VW Polo in 6th place (54,900) and the Audi A3 in 8th (47,653).