Earlier, we detailed Volkswagen‘s changes to its 2013 lineup which included the addition of the 2013 Jetta Hybrid. And just like that, it’s old news as Rainer Michel, Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Volkswagen of America, spilled some details on what the 2014 Jetta will be equipped with.
As we detailed earlier, not very many changes were made to the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, but the 2014 model year will see updates to its powertrain, steering, and suspension. Gone will be the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder and in will come the rumored 1.8-liter, turbo-four with 158-hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. If that powerplant sounds familiar, it’s also seen on the European-spec Passat and CC models. VW loyalists will also remember an earlier 1.8T badge, before the current 2.0T model found in cars like the GTI came around.
The switch to a turbo-four powerplant is undoubtedly being made to enhance fuel efficiency while maintaining a respectable level of performance. Built at the German automaker’s engine plant in Silao, Mexico, it will also be lighter and adopt electric power steering. VW will also be doing some suspension tweaks, ideally making the 2014 Jetta sportier to drive than the current model.