Say goodbye to the old, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that still powers base versions of the Volkswagen Jetta, and hello to a new 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that joins the lineup for 2016. Code-named EA211, this new small-displacement powertrain will offer a significant power boost for the base Jetta, along with an estimated 39 mpg highway.
Fitted with direct injection and using lightweight aluminum construction, the new 1.4T powertrain makes 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, huge jumps over the 115 hp and 125 lb-ft from the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in Jetta S models. Five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions will both be offered, and the 1.4T will replace the 2.0L in Jetta S models, as well as the 1.8T engine in Jetta SE models. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta SEL and 1.8T Sport models will continue to use the 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, the TDI model continues on with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, and the performance-oriented Jetta GLI will still use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
Despite the power boost, the new engine is expected to deliver better EPA fuel economy ratings than the old 2.0-liter four. Volkswagen estimates the updated 2016 Jetta will get 39 mpg highway with the automatic, while the old 2.0-liter could only manage 34 mpg highway.
Though the company has not yet announced further applications of the new 1.4T engine in its U.S. lineup, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this engine make its way into future versions of the Golf in an effort to improve fuel economy and lower costs. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf currently comes standard with the 1.8T engine, which offers up to 37 mpg highway.
Look for the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta to go on sale within the next few months with this new engine, and stay tuned for more updates like official fuel economy ratings and pricing for the new 1.4T-equipped Jetta S and SE models.