The BlueTDI's focus may be on efficiency and low emissions, but it still manages to put out a good amount of power - the 2.0L BlueTDI makes 103kW (140hp) and 320Nm of torque. But it's the very clean tailpipe emissions that make this a North American - and 50-state U.S. legal - diesel powertrain.
Based on VW's well-established TDI technology, the BlueTDI drivetrain adds a NOx trap and dual-circuit exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) to clean emissions even further. Emissions standards are strict states like California - the strictest in the world. Still, the BlueTDI system meets the hyper-sensitive Bin5/LEV2 requirements, despite the U.S. wide variation in fuel type and quality. To meet these requirements, the engine can only emit a maximum of 0.05g of NOx particles per mile (0.08g/km).