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 |  Mar 05 2012, 1:45 PM

Volkswagen will be releasing a new generation of diesel engines for their upcoming MLB- and MQB-platform vehicles. The new turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine range will be called “EA288″ and will have a displacement range of 1.6L to 2.0L.

America however will only get the 2.0L TDI that will have around 190-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the current generation’s 2.0L TDI, that is a 36-percent increase in horsepower and a 19-percent increase in torque. We should expect to see the new 2.0L TDI in the next-generation Golf, Jetta, and Passat. It’s also safe to assume that fuel efficiency will improve in addition to its performance increase.

The EA288 engines are receiving other tweaks as well, including the integration of the exhaust manifold into the engine head in order to help dissipate heat. It will pack a selective catalytic reduction system to help reduce total emissions by as much as 45-percent compared to its predecessor. We should be seeing the debut of the new EA288 with the MK VII Golf that debuts in Europe this summer.

[Source: Car and Driver]