Listen to this article

Volkswagen has released new information about the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform that will be used on the next-generation Golf and Audi A3.

Described as a "long term" architecture, the platform is flexible enough to underpin vehicles as small as the Polo and as large as the Passat. More importantly, the company said these models could - in theory - be built on the same production line. This will enable Volkswagen to produce more high-volume and niche vehicles at reduced costs.

The platform will also be lighter than current architectures and allow for uniform installation of petrol and diesel engines.

Speaking of engines, Volkswagen has confirmed a new four-cylinder petrol - dubbed the EA211 series - which produces 60 PS (44 kW / 59 hp) to 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp) and has cylinder-deactivation technology. On the diesel side, there's a new EA288 engine family which churns out 90 PS (66 kW / 89 hp) to 190 PS (140 kW / 187 hp).

Gallery: VW outlines the MQB platform & new engine families

Got a tip for us? Email: