Next-Gen Volkswagen 2.0 TDI Coming This Spring

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Next-Gen Volkswagen 2.0 TDI Coming This Spring
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Customers should wait if they are about to buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen sedan or coupe because a new turbo diesel will replace the current engine later this year.

The company confirmed timing today for the introduction of its next generation turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine. The EA288 powerplant will initially arrive in the second half of 2014 in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Golf for the 2015 model year bringing improvements in refinement, output, efficiency and emissions. Following its introduction in those four models, it will eventually replace the 2.0-liter diesel engines in all Volkswagen and Audi models sold in the U.S.

Highlights for the new mill include an output rating of 150 hp – 10 more than the model it replaces – and 236 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen also integrated the intercooler with the intake manifold for improved throttle response and the exhaust manifold into the engine head. The second change ought to help it reach optimal operating temperatures faster in cold weather, which will help heat the cabin sooner and offer better fuel efficiency. Other efficiency-enhancing changes include low-friction bearings for the camshaft and balancer shafts and piston rings with less pre-tension.

Volkswagen emphasized today that this is an all-new engine for the company, saying all it shares with the previous engine is its bore spacing. In the global market, the EA288 engine family will range in displacement from 1.6- to 2.0-liters although the U.S. market will only see the largest of those.

For U.S. customers, the arrival of the new engine will also coincide with Volkswagen’s launch of the new seventh-generation Golf, which rides on the brand’s modular MQB platform.

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  • Nick Dasko

    I just want to be able to buy a GTD somewhere in North America!

  • Dookay

    I wonder if the High Pressure Fuel Pump is revised? As it stands now in the MKVI Jetta, the thing implodes and causes about $8,000 worth of damage. Happens too often.

  • becks66

    When people missfuel their diesel automobile with gasoline. They don’t just implode on their own.

  • Press one for English

    There is another problem with frozen moisture in the inter cooler which causes very rough running as moisture is warmed and dispersed.

  • ColumWood

    Hopefully soon Nick! They didn’t give cars to journalists in California to test out for nothing.

  • Seth Brown

    Had an ’83 Rabbit diesel that I drove for 350k without anything beyond normal service. Can’t speak to the new generation but mine was an incomparable car. I’d give the new one a chance.

  • Nick Dasko

    If they sell it I will buy!

  • Dookay

    Is that right? Please feel free to explain why the Jetta HPFPs are failing, but the Passat HPFPs are not?

    Let me guess. The Passat owners are smarter than the Jetta owners, right? O_o

  • Dookay

    Yes, that’s true. The sad thing is, that there is a TSB with a revised intercooler that is supposed to fix it. It does not. Don’t waste your time.