The MQB, which stands for Modulare Querbaukasten – or Modular Transverse Matrix, will be utilized for many vehicle parameters from the A0 to the B segment, including such models as the Polo, Beetle, Tiguan, Touran, Sharan and Passat. That means, theoretically, that – despite their different sizes all these vehicles could be built on the same assembly line – along with other Volkswagen Group products.
Initially, accompanying petrol units will include the EA211 engine series, which will produce between 40 kW (54 hp) and 110 kW (148 hp). Impressively, this range includes the world’s first four-cylinder powerplant to feature cylinder deactivation (ACT). The EA288 diesel engines will generate between 66 kW (89 hp) and 140 kW (188 hp).
As well as those conventional internal combustion engines, new natural gas, hybrid and pure electric drivetrains will be available, with the latter powering Volkswagen’s Golf Blue-e-Motion, which heads into production next year.