Volkswagen’s future powertrain plans include mild-hybrid technology, advanced petrol engine and new clean diesel technology
Volkswagen has revealed its future powertrain plan that includes a wide range of new engines and technology. The German automaker emphasises on a new mild-hybrid powertrain that will include a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine combined with a 43 volt lithium-ion battery that will deliver energy to an 8kW electric motor. Apart from that, the auto manufacturer will also use bio and synthetic fuels and new clean diesel technology as well alongside advanced petrol engines.
While Dieselgate scam has been a big blow for the auto major, Volkswagen is not ready to leave that sector. The brand aims to focus on cleaner diesel technology that will be much more environment friendly compared to the current diesel used in its cars. As the company claims, diesel has a long and clean future ahead of it.
The new mild-hybrid technology is going to play key role in Volkswagen’s future strategy. Electrification of powertrains is a very important agenda from the automaker. The company has been showing keenness towards introducing greener powertrain technology and this is a vital part of that policy. The future mild-hybrid tech will be introduced to both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicles.
The mild-hybrid powertrain will be capable of kicking out 148 bhp of peak power. Also, there will be a new 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox christened as DQ381. This gearbox is capable of generating 420 Nm of peak torque and it is also expected to emit 10g/km less CO2 compared to the DQ250 unit that was introduced back in 2003.
As the automaker preparing to introduce several advanced, environment friendly powertrains in its future cars; we can assume India-bound models too are going to see the arrival of these powertrain options. These powertrains could play key role in making the carmaker one of the major players in India’s drive towards greener mobility.