Code-named EA288, VW's next-generation diesel engines will make up to 280 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen will roll out a new family of four-cylinder diesel motors this year for its MLB- and MQB-platform vehicles. Although the engines will debut in Europe, they will likely make their way to the United States in the near future to replace the automaker's current 2.0-liter oil-burning offering.

Code-named EA288, the new powerplants will range from 1.6- to 2.0-liters in displacement, with the 2.0-liter mill the most likely to make its way stateside, according to Car and Driver. Despite its identical displacement to the outgoing diesel, the new engine is expected to make 36 percent more horsepower and 19 percent more torque - 190 ponies and 280 lb-ft of twist, to be exact. Fuel efficiency is also expected to increase, though Volkswagen isn't talking exact figures just yet.

Other improvements include a pair of counter-rotating balance shafts aimed at lowering NVH levels and an upgraded heating system, while VW also says the engine's timing belt will never require replacement.

The EA288 diesel family joins Volkswagen's new EA211 and EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines, which will eventually replace the automaker's 2.5-liter inline-five in America.