New Diesel Engine set for 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta


  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Picture

    2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Picture

    The new VW diesel engine will debut in the second half of 2014 in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle. | August 06, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • A new diesel engine that is expected to return 45-46 mpg on the highway will power the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta.
  • The new Volkswagen EA288 diesel engine "will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models," said VW in a statement.
  • The engine will debut in the second half of 2014.

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — A new diesel engine that is expected to return 45-46 mpg on the highway will power the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta, Volkswagen Group of America said on Tuesday.

The new Volkswagen EA288 diesel engine "will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models," said VW in a statement.

The engine will debut in the second half of 2014.

The automaker did not disclose fuel economy estimates for the new diesel engine.

"We're hoping it should see an improvement of around 8 percent on the highway," said Mark Gillies, a Volkswagen spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds.

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine returns 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

VW describes the new diesel engine as a turbocharged, common-rail direct-injection four-cylinder engine that makes 150 horsepower — an increase of 10 hp over the current engine. The new engine is said to be "more clean, fuel-efficient and powerful."

The timing announcement for VW's new diesel engine underscores the automaker's commitment to diesel vehicles.

Year-to-date, Volkswagen of America has sold more than 47,000 clean-diesel vehicles, including more than 10,000 in the month of July.

"This represents nearly 78 percent of the diesel sales for passenger cars in the United States this year," said the company.

The U.S. government has predicted an increase in the number of diesel vehicles here. "We expect to see more diesels offered in the future as improvements to diesel emission control technology are made," said the EPA in a statement on its Web site.

Diesel fuel is typically more expensive than gasoline, but diesel vehicles often have a better range than their gasoline counterparts.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.60 versus $3.88 for diesel fuel.

Edmunds says: VW continues to tweak its diesel offerings with an eye toward better fuel economy and fewer emissions.

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