Wolfsburg, Germany - Volkswagen has announced its intentions to introduce a new high-powered 2-litre turbodiesel engine as well as a 10-speed DSG gearbox in certain future models.

At its recent Innovation Workshop held in Wolfsburg, Volkswagen stated its intention of becoming the world's most sustainable car company by 2018 and outlined many of the technical solutions that will help along the way.

To lessen their environmental impact, future VWs will employ everything from lightweight construction to second-generation idle-stop system to needs-based climate control and predictive satnav.

Yet those wanting something fast and frugal will be well catered for with packages like the brand new 2-litre TDI turbodiesel engine.

The engine has just been introduced in the all-new Passat in 176kW form, but VW says that an even more advanced 200kW version is in the pipeline. The engine will gain its urge from an electric booster as well as further optimised gas exchange cycles. Expect this engine to make its debut in the Passat, and could we be so cheeky as to suggest a diesel version of the Golf R. Now that would be interesting.

VW has also announced a new 10-speed version of its DSG dual-clutch gearbox, which was designed to be paired with engines with up to 550Nm of torque. According to VW the highly efficient layout of its gear steps was designed to reduce fuel use.