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2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Beetle to Get 170-HP Turbo 1.8L

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/10/2013 Jason Udy

A new turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 will replace the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-5 in Volkswagen Passat, Jetta, and Beetle models in 2014. The new engine will first arrive in Jetta SE and SEL models and the Passat SEL and will replace the 2.5-liter engine in the 2014 Beetle partway through the year.

Though it carries the same 170-hp rating as the outgoing engine, the new turbo 1.8-liter makes an additional 7 lb-ft of torque, for a total of 184 lb-ft. The new engine also features direct injection and electro-mechanical power steering (replacing the 2.5-liter's hydraulic setup). MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Volkswagen claims the new engine improves highway fuel economy for the Jetta and Beetle by as much as 16 and 17 percent, respectively. Currently, the Jetta 2.5-liter is EPA-rated at 23-24/31-33 mpg city/highway, while the Beetle 2.5-liter is rated 22/29-31 mpg, depending on transmission choice. Although no fuel economy improvements were estimated for the Passat, the 2.5-liter model is currently rated at 22/31-32 mpg.

A limited number of carryover 2014 Golf/GTI four-door models will be sold before the all-new model, equipped with the new turbo 1.8-liter engine, arrives. The big news for the 2014 Jetta, other than the improved base engine, is a new multi-link rear suspension. A GLI 30th Anniversary edition will be available late in the model year.

For 2014, the Beetle Turbo becomes the Beetle R-Line, which includes all of the R-Line's unique styling pieces. The limited-edition Beetle GSR, based on the R-Line, also goes on sale as a throwback to the black and yellow GSR model from the 1970s. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Passat models get mild trim revisions, while the Wolfsburg Edition adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake. A Sport trim will arrive late in the year, though no details have been released. A Passat Performance Concept with a 250-hp version of the new turbo 1.8-liter I-4 was shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show, though the automaker hasn’t revealed plans to put that car into production.

A Touareg R-Line with unique styling and a sport-tuned suspension is also new, while the Routan minivan becomes a fleet-only vehicle. All Volkswagen models get revised trims and an available back-up camera for 2014, while all gas engines are now E85-capable.

Source: Volkswagen

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