Automakers are slowly letting go of naturally aspirated petrol engines and VW is the latest manufacturer to join this bandwagon. A VW official hinted that future offerings would come only with turbocharged engines and that naturally aspirated mills would slowly be discontinued in the next 3-4 years.
In India, there are two conventional petrol engines on offer - the 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol seen on the Polo and the 1.6-liter four-cylinder seen on the Vento. In fact, there are more number of turbo-petrol engines from the German manufacturer such as the recently introduced 1.2-TSI on the Polo, the 1.4-TSI on the Jetta, the 1.8-TSI in group company Skoda's Superb and Laura.
Currently in the UK, VW's most popular model, the Golf, is sold only with turbocharged petrol engines ranging from 1.2-liters to 2.0-liters (seen on the GTI variant). Very recently, Volkswagen’s head of R&D, Dr. Hans-Jakob Neusser, confirmed that an all-new 1.0-liter TSI is being developed and that it would debut in the Golf.
This three-cylinder engine, will also be seen on VW's upcoming EcoSport rival, the Taigun and future Polos (either the next generation model or the facelifted model).
VW is not the only one to go turbo. Ford recently said that nearly 80% of their global lineup would feature the turbocharged EcoBoost range of engines in the next couple of years.
[Source - Detroit News]