Volkswagen India has announced that a new, turbocharged petrol engine would power its new crop of vehicles under the India 2.0 program. Volkswagen and Skoda are investing a Billion Euros (Rs. 7,900 crores) in India, for new product development that includes a compact SUV each under both brands, and also C-Segment sedans that will replace the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid.
The new engine will be a 1-litre, 3-cylinder unit, which Volkswagen and Skoda have deployed in a range of cars sold internationally. This motor is available in two states of tune, 94 Bhp and 114 Bhp. Both manual and automatic gearboxes will be offered.
To keep costs low, Volkswagen will manufacture this engine in India, with a high amount of localization. Needless to say, this engine will be compliant with Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. Meanwhile, here’s an official confirmation of the engine for India.
Bernhard Maier, Chairman and CEO Skoda Auto, said,
“Diesel will play a decisive role but I think especially in the lower segments, we are developing extensively a whole bunch of new petrol engines and our 1-litre TSI engine is going to be one of the most efficient engines on the market and I think we will be doing a lot of investments in the future to bring these petrol engines to the same level as the popular diesel engines.”
Notably, the compact SUVs under the Skoda and Volkswagen badges will also get turbocharged diesel engines. The 1.5-litre TDI unit is likely to get pollution-control equipment to become cleaner to meet the new emission norms. The diesel motor will also be offered on the Vento and Rapid replacement sedans. We expect the new petrol and diesel engines to make their debut in India with the Skoda compact SUV, sometime in 2020. They’ll also be used on the two new cars that Volkswagen will launch beginning from 2021.