Volkswagen of America Getting Rid of All Naturally Aspirated Engines in 3-4 Years
But that's not all. A report from Detroit News states that Volkswagen wants to get rid of all its naturally aspirated engines within the next 3 to 4 years. It's based on a statement made today by Mark Trahan, VW’s executive vice president for group quality, and says the "automaker plans to replace its three remaining naturally aspirated or conventional gas engines — a five-cylinder 2.5-liter and two six-cylinder variants — with turbocharged engines."
Mark Trahan actually works for Volkswagen of America, so when he says they're getting rid of NA engines, he means for the US market. The 2.5-liter being replaced by 1.8 TSI we already know about, but what about other engines? The 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 is sold in bigger models like the CC V6 Executive or the Touareg. It should be replaced by a 3.0-liter TSI engine quite soon.
What's puzzling is that there's no talk of changing that crummy 2.0-liter 115 hp unit in the basic Jetta S. That's the one we'd get rid of, ASAP.