Volkswagen tech blitz reveals 268-hp 2.0L TDI and 10-speed DSG automatic
This week at an Innovation Workshop held at its Ehra-Lessien test facility in Germany, Volkswagen AG revealed a number of new components and technologies it intends to use on the way to becoming "the world's most sustainable carmaker" by 2018 - a goal that includes trimming energy and water consumption, waste generation and emissions (including CO2) levels by 25 per cent in all of its business areas.
Highlighting a lengthy list of hardware enhancements is a more potent version of its 2.0-liter/4-cylinder EA288 turbodiesel engine that features a modified variable valvetrain, ultra-high-pressure direct injection and a two-stage turbocharger assisted by electrically driven third compressor that helps bump output from 237 to 268 horsepower. VW also showed off a more efficient mild-hybrid system. Dubbed Start-Stop 2.0 and fitted to the new Euro Passat, it shuts the engine off at speeds below 5 mph as well as anytime the driver lifts off of the accelerator while cruising. Finally, the firm showed the world's first 10-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Capable of handling up to 406 lb-ft of torque, VW says its delivers smoother, quicker shifts and has optimized ratio spread that contributes to better economy and lower CO2 counts.
In addition to even more connectivity capability and better integration of various devices via the car's on-board infotainment/telematics systems and VW's Car-Net, the automaker also previewed a predictive navigation system that learns the driver's preferred routes, heat-rejecting coatings for the glass and dash surfaces along with a range-manager/monitor and super-efficient needs-based climate control system that have even greater appeal for VW's future electric/zero-emission models.
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