Report – Volkswagen switching to 1.5 engines instead of 1.4 TSI and 1.6 TDI image

Apparently the German automaker is trying to ditch the current family of small engines – both petrol and diesel – in favor of a new family using turbo and having 1.5 liters, all getting ready for a 2017 introduction.

Volkswagen brand chief executive officer Herbert Diess, which has been on point for the brand during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has reportedly officially revealed the marquee will retire the 1.4 TSI gasoline and 1.6 TDI diesel engines – replaced by 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel mills that would reach the market alongside the Golf VII refresh. The model in itself is coming to market this fall or at the latest before the year ends but the new family of engines will not be there as well from day one – these ones will come to market starting with 2017.

It appears the new turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engines will be direct successors for the 1.4 TSI and will even feature cylinder deactivation technology, alongside direct-injection and a new turbocharger. The familiar 1.6 TDI will also get a replacement – a 1.5-liter diesel. The company said the production costs of the new family of engines will be higher than before but in turn the power plants are lighter and deliver increased mileage. Naturally, both families will have different states of power and will reach all the brands of the Volkswagen Group. Diess also added these are not entirely new engines, as both the petrol and diesel versions are actually evolutionary successors of the 1.4 TSI and 1.6 TDI families.