Volkswagen has released details on its latest small displacement engine.
There was a time when people often said “there is no replacement for displacement,” but now that there’s efficient turbochargers and direct injection technology, this saying is a bit less common these days. One of the automakers that have embraced small displacement engines is Volkswagen, and the German automaker has released details on the latest addition to its EA211 series of engines, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill.
Featuring lightweight aluminum construction, an integrated exhaust manifold (into the head) and a toothed-belt drive for its double overhead camshaft valvetrain with variable intake and exhaust timing, the latest engine produces 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. According to Volkswagen, the powerplant also has “incredible boost response thanks to its cleverly designed intake manifold, which enables the use of a surprisingly small, single-scroll compressor.” Peak horsepower comes in at 5,000 rpm while peak torque hits at a low 1,400 rpm.
The 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine will be paired to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic and the company expects fuel economy to hit 39 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission.
Expect to see the new EA211 engine to be introduced on the Jetta range, replacing the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine in the S model and the 1.8T TSI found in the Jetta SE model.
“We are delighted that so many Volkswagen customers are now able to benefit from the performance and fuel efficiency of our turbocharged and direct-injection engines, whether they choose TDI or TSI technology,” said Joerg Sommer, vice-president of product marketing and strategy for Volkswagen of America. “Volkswagen leads the industry with implementation of these engines in North America and we are excited that we are furthering our leadership with the introduction of the latest-generation EA211 engine in the Jetta.”
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