Skoda India has just begun testing a brand new turbocharged petrol engine on its best-selling car in the Indian market – the Rapid C-Segment sedan. The Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI will be a precursor for things to come from Skoda in the future. The 1-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine is a 3-cylinder unit that will power the upcoming new range of Volkswagen and Skoda cars, particularly ones from the MQB AO platform. These cars include the successors of the current-generation Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento as well as the compact SUVs that both the brands will launch 2020 onwards.
This engine can be tuned to produce outputs of up to 115 Bhp-200 Nm, making it quite powerful indeed. In fact, both Skoda and Volkswagen plan to replace the current range of petrol and diesel engines with the new, 1-litre TSI unit. Skoda is expected to localise this engine sufficiently in order to make it cheaper to build, and maintain.
The engine will be offered with both manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options. The engine is also expected to be ready to accept a hybrid powertrain combination as the future will include such options extensively given the ever tightening emission norms in India, and around the world.
Notably, the new 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine is being developed to meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, which will come into effect in India from April 2020. These emission norms will be the reason why Skoda and Volkswagen are planning to discontinue their other petrol and diesel engines.
Skoda has been entrusted with developing and localising the MQB A0 platform, which is a low-cost car platform based on MQB. The low-cost platform will underpin all-new Skoda and Volkswagen cars priced below Rs. 10 lakhs in the Indian market. The same platform is expected to be offered in other developing markets as well.