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Volkswagen 2014 Models: New Engine for Jetta, Beetle, Passat, Expansion for R-Line
Volkswagen has let us in on what we can expect for the new 2014 model year, and the biggest news involves the automaker's most important nameplates. A new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will replace Volkswagen's prominent 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The two engines have identical 170 horsepower ratings, with the new 1.8-liter offering a slightly better delivery, with more of that power available on the lower end. New Engine is More Efficient Most importantly, the smaller, lighter-weight engine will make for a more fuel-efficient ride. The automaker estimates the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE and SEL will see a 16 percent boost in fuel economy, while the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle will see a slightly better improvement, at 17 percent. It appears Volkswagen will keep the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as an entry-level model, but the 1.8-liter will clearly be powering the bulk of Vee-Dub's models. This engine will likely be capable of far more power too, as we remember the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept that was revealed in Detroit earlier this year featured a 1.8-liter turbo-four, with an impressive output of 250 hp. Also of note and good news for Jetta enthusiasts, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta models will get an independent rear suspension, which will greatly transform driving dynamics for the better. Volkswagen had previously eliminated the IRS as a cost-cutting measure, but we're glad to see it's coming back. R-Line Expansion Volkswagen is also expanding its sport-oriented R-Line. The Tiguan and Toureg crossovers will both get an R-Line model, and the Beetle R-Line will replace the existing Turbo model, with a complement of new bumpers, badges, and optional 19-inch wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights. VW Car-Net and E15 Capable With the new 2014 model year, Volkswagen will usher in its next-generation connectivity system, uninterestingly named VW Car-Net. The system will be available on the Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan models. VW Car-Net offers security and convenience features such as crash notification, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. VW Car-Net also adds remote vehicle access, a vehicle health report, speed alerts, and an improved POI service on models with navigation. VW Car-Net and its features can be accessed with a smartphone app, as well. We recently drove the Volkswagen GTD in Germany, and got to sample the new 8-inch touchscreen that should make its way on to premium Volkswagen model trims in the U.S. in the future. We found the system to be very intuitive, and favor the large, easy to use touchscreen display. And lastly, all 2014 Volkswagen models will be able to run on E15 ethanol fuel. Source: Volkswagen
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