Volkswagen US Finally Replacing Five-Cylinder Engine With 1.8 TSI

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Europeans have always had a dim view of the fact that both the 2014 model-year Jetta, sold in the US came as standard with an antiquated 2.5-liter engine. Now, prospective VW buyers from the US can rejoice, as the German manufacturer has announced that they will be replacing the 2.5 with a much more modern 1.8-liter turbocharged unit, putting out 158 hp.
The engine is very widely used in all VW Group brands (Audi, Seat and Skoda) and, while it isn’t the newest powerplant on the market, it is a definite improvement over the five-pot unit it replaces. However, the engines won’t be brought ‘over the pond’ from Europe, being manufactured in Mexico instead.

The main advantage to this shift is, of course, a significant improvement in fuel economy, with 1.8 TSI-equipped cars being able to nudge 35 mpg (7.5 l/100km) combined, if driven with care. Keep in mind, however, that the engine will never power the current Jetta, but the upcoming 2014 model, based on the Golf Mk VII which uses the MQB platform.
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