Volkswagen will be rolling out a slightly revised version of its 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine in the second half of this year for TDI versions of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat, and Beetle. This engine has slightly more power than before and is expected to post higher fuel economy numbers as well.
Compared with the outgoing 2.0-liter TDI, the new EA288 engine has reduced friction, a new exhaust recirculation system, and an intercooler than is now integrated with the intake manifold. This makes for an increase of 10 hp for a total of 150 hp, with the torque number of 236 lb-ft staying the same. Volkswagen expects higher fuel economy ratings for this powertrain as well, although we don’t yet have any numbers. In the current 2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI, this diesel achieves EPA ratings of 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined whether it is equipped with the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic. We expect these transmission choices to remain unchanged for the new engine.
The revised diesel powertrain will first roll out in the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf, with 2015 models of the Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, and Beetle to follow during the second half of 2014. We heard last month that the Volkswagen Jetta would be revised for 2015, and an updated version of the Volkswagen Passat is also in the cards for the near future; that model may hold off until the 2016 model year, though. We would also expect this new diesel to make its way into the 2015 Audi A3, as Audi has said that an A3 TDI model would arrive in the U.S. later this fall.
The Volkswagen Group is the clear leader in U.S.-market diesel sales. Its Volkswagen and Audi brands sold a total of 105,899 TDI models during 2013, making up 75 percent of all passenger car and SUV diesel sales in the U.S. Keep an eye out for official fuel economy ratings as we come closer to this engine’s arrival in a few months.