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Volkswagen US Replacing 2.5-liter with 1.8 TSI

When Americans say that there’s no replacement for displacement, they refer to the sweet bouquet of sensations offered by a block the size of the US.
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However, this isn’t the case with VW’s 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder engine, so we didn’t feel any pain when we found out (from Car & Driver)that the unit is being replaced with a 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI powerplant.

The 2.5-liter naturally aspirated unit is currently used for the entry-level Jetta and Passat, offering 172 hp and a peak torque of 177 lb-ft (240 Nm). However, this doesn’t use direct injection and returns a fuel efficiency similar to that of the 2.0 TSI direct-injected, turbocharged engine, but is 30 hp less potent.

The move demonstrates that VW wants to bring its US range in line with its European offer. Speaking of Europe, this is where the 1.8 TSI is currently used on multiple VW and Audi models, offering 160 hp and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft). The engine has a far greater potential, but this isn’t used, as it’s not supposed to be a high-level unit in the range.
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