Volkswagen has announced a "completely new" EA288 Evo engine, giving the familiar 2,0 TDI unit mild hybrid drive and cutting its emissions.

The latest interpretation of the Wolfsburg-based brand’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant will feature “mild hybrid drive” with a 12V belt starter generator. In conjunction with a lithium-ion battery, VW says the mild hybrid system “reduces fuel consumption and increases comfort”, resulting in “extremely low emissions in all driving cycles”.

While Volkswagen hasn’t provided all the technical details just yet, the German automaker has revealed that outputs of this new engine will range from 100 kW to 150 kW.

Interestingly, the new TDI engines will initially be used in Audi vehicles with longitudinally installed engines, although VW says they will also be employed transversely in the group’s various MQB-based vehicles, such as the upcoming Golf 8.

VW says the combustion process of the engines has been "redesigned and improved, both in terms of efficiency and in terms of raw emission behaviour". The German automaker furthermore states that the efficiency and response of the turbocharger have been "significantly increased".

Exhaust after-treatment components – including the diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction components – have also been "re-dimensioned and improved in terms of their effect and ageing stability". Volkswagen claims to have cut the CO2 emissions of EA288 Evo engines by up to 10 g/km compared with the predecessor generation, while increasing power and torque values​ "by up to 9 percent".

Volkswagen recently officially announced that the Golf 8 would be offered with a “cost-effective” 48V mild hybrid system.