Pushing the limits of combustion efficiency without electrification is alive and well in Europe. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 17, 2017 Row of new European 2017 VW Golfs Volkswagen’s range of engines for the European Golf has been expanded with an all-new 128 hp and 148 lb.-ft. of torque 1.5 TSI with a bevy of unique efficiency boosting enhancements. Fantastic! The all-new VW 1.5L engine design is based on the Miller combustion cycle which is forced charged through a late intake valve opening Atkinson cycle thanks to the turbo and a high level of compression. The turbo itself is variable vane turbine providing high torque even at low RPMs. The high-torque and fuel-efficient direct injection, turbocharged I4 works on the Miller combustion cycle while providing lower NVH than its predecessors. This engine allows the Golf to reach a top speed of 130 mph. Dynamic FAS For the first time, VW can coast with the engine off thanks to what it calls 'eco-coasting'. At speeds of up to 80 mph, the I4 and its dual clutch AT completely cuts out whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator. The car then 'coasts'. A compact Li-Ion battery supplies basic 12V power to the standard electrical equipment including windshield wipers, headlamps, and the audio system. Cylinder Deactivation When travelling within the engine speed range of 1,400 – 3,200 rpm, the Active Cylinder Management shuts down two of the four cylinders at low load. The 128 hp 1.5 TSI can be ordered both for the Golf and Golf Variants in Comfortline and Highline trims, plus in the special SOUND model version. While fuel prices are too low to see this here in the U.S. today, it is only a matter of time… Another I cannot wait to drive!