Skoda Ireland is set to introduce a new 1.0 litre TSI petrol engine in its Octavia model this July.This will be the first time a three-cylinder engine will be used in the Octavia, making Skoda the first brand in the Volkswagen Group to launch this particular engine on the MQB platform. Turbocharging will result in a healthy 115 bhp power output from this unit. Exact figures have yet to be confirmed; however significant improvements in fuel efficiency and emission outputs are expected when compared to the outgoing 1.2TSI engine.
Skoda have an impressive history of being early adopters of low capacity, high output petrol engines with the introduction of their first 1.0l petrol engines in 1997. Following on from this, Skoda then introduced TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection ) technology in 2009 with their 1.2TSI petrol engine.
Cathal Kealey, PR manager at Skoda Ireland, commented: “There is still a perception out there among motorists that engines need to be of a certain size in relation to the body size. Things have changed significantly in the last number of years. For example, the new 1.0 TSI engine produces the same power output as the range-topping 2.0 litre petrol engine that was fitted to the original Octavia back in 1998. The Octavia therefore develops the same power from an engine half the size.“