Volkswagen Australia will not offer the company’s new low-emission 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine when the updated 2017 Golf arrives on July 3, having opted instead to retain the familiar 1.4-litre 110 TSI in its place
The German brand’s local arm cites the higher cost of the incipiently developed engine, which it verbally expresses would require it to pass on an unsatisfactory price hike to its buyers here. Given our emissions requisites are much less stringent than those in Europe, it was deemed uneconomic.
The newly developed 1.5 TSI engine actually makes the same power and torque as the extant 1.4, being 110kW between 5000 and 6000rpm, and 250Nm between 1500 and 3500rpm, so Australians are not being duped in terms of performance. The claimed 0-100km/h time is 8.2 sec.
The new engine has features such as cylinder deactivation, reduced internal friction, increased injection pressures, a new indirect intercooler and revised thermal management.
On the plus side, the 1.4 110TSI engine will replace the detuned 92TSI as the new entry engine in the Golf, being offered at base, Comfort line and Highline spec levels matched to a seven-speed DSG or six-speed manual (the latter as entry level only).
Other engines that will be offered are the 2.0-litre 110 TDI diesel with 110kW/340Nm matched to a redesigned seven-speed DSG (an extra ratio), plus the new GTI with its 2.0-litre EA888 engine with 169kW/350Nm (matching the old GTI Performance, which now jumps to 180kW).
Read more details on the updated MY17 Golf here, http://www.caradvice.com.au/522071/volkswagen-australia-rejects-lower-co2-engine/