Volkswagen Confirms 1.0-liter TSI Turbo Petrol Engine in Frankfurt, Going in the Golf
Volkswagen’s head of R&D, Dr. Hans-Jakob Neusser told auto journalists at Car & Driver that the company is working on a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
Of course, this isn't actually "news", since I brought you another report back in June that said exactly the same thing. What is new is that Neusser said the engine is going into the Golf compact and said it will have as much as 110 PS. Of course, this isn't something for the US market and that output could be subject to change.
Some have said Volkswagen is just now joining the three-cylinder engine bandwagon, but of course this isn't actually true. The 1.2-liter engine in the polo is a three-cylinder, a different block from the 1.2 TSI turbo which is a 4-cylinder. In addition, there's another 3-cylinder in the group, the 1-liter offered on the Up!, which is likely going to be the basis of this new unit.
While three-cylinder turbo engines sound great on paper, offering excellent fuel economy, the real world figures we experienced with our test model models have shown downsizing doesn't always work.
Currently, Ford could be considered a leader in three-cylinder turbo technology, having a complex 1-liter EcoBoost that won them the engine of the year award. -Renault is another big player and has spread the 0.9 TCe across the model range. Opel has just announced their own 1.0-liter turbo called the 1.0 SIDI, which is going into the Adam.