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.

Comments

  • I'm curious if they managed to make it so the engines don't require the urea after treatment. I know that the Passat requires it while the others don't or at least didn't with the old engine.

  • patrickw patrickw Posts:

    The "news" headline claims 45-46 MPG, but the article states only, "The automaker did not disclose fuel economy estimates for the new diesel engine." Where did the MPG figure come from?

  • lbi_bill lbi_bill Posts:

    I was 10 when the first gas crisis hit. I remember the VW commercial that had a guy riding through town in his Bug yelling "Two pennies a mile!" That made an impression on me, even back then. Over the years I listened to debates about diesel vs gas. Diesel cars have gotten cleaner and I'm all for that. Environmental concerns can't be neglected; but the debate for me has always been about economics. Every time I think about buying a diesel car I compare fuel prices to millage. Here's what I see: 1) Usually the diesel variant of any car costs more than its gas version. 2) The better mileage figures are NEVER better than the gas alternative once you factor in fuel costs. I never got far enough to factor in repair and maintenance, so lets assume they're equal. Its great that a diesel can go 700 miles to the tank, but over 35 yrs of driving I don't think I pass less than 5 gas stations on my way to work. Range is great, but its not my issue! You quote AAA saying diesel cost 8% more than regular unleaded. Looking at Edmunds own data, a 2013 Jetta gets 28 mpg at BEST. That's 13 cents per mile. The 2013 diesel version gets 34 mpg, and that's 11 cents per mile. According to Edmunds' own site, there's a $7300 premium for the diesel, but to make a fair comparison you need to look at features. That means the unleaded car is a Jetta SE, but the SE only gets 26 mpg. So it costs 14 cents a mile. In the end I'd save 3 cents, which is only 8.3% per mile, but the diesel costs $2600 MORE (using TMV figures). I'd hit break even at 86K miles. At what millage do you usually change cars? Lucky for me I keep my cars till around 120-150K. If this new engine improved combined millage estimates by 8%, we're talking 37 mpg or 10 cents per mile and a recovery at 65K miles. I don't know. Maybe its me but I'm not seeing a compelling argument for going to an oil burner. My sense is the $260 per year of savings I would get over my typical life time would be eaten by finding a good diesel mechanic.

  • hammond1973 hammond1973 Posts:

    VW understates the MPG of their diesels. I just averaged 45mpg on a 700 mile trip from Philadephia to Windsor, Vt and back with my 2013 Passat TDI, loaded with luggage and my family of 4.

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