Volkswagen Jetta will get the Taos’ 1.5-liter turbo engine – Roadshow

A 1.5-liter Jetta can be extra highly effective and extra environment friendly.


When the Volkswagen Taos SUV makes its debut on Oct. 13, it will have a brand new, 1.5-liter engine beneath its hood. And since this turbo I4 is actually a reworked model of the 1.4-liter EA211 inline-four presently used within the Jetta, it is sensible that VW’s compact sedan will quickly get this engine, too.

Volkswagen of America COO Johan de Nysschen spoke at size in regards to the new 1.5-liter I4 throughout a media occasion on the firm’s analysis and growth middle in Oxnard, California, final week. When requested if the Jetta, which presently makes use of the 1.4-liter engine, would get the brand new energy plant, de Nysschen stated, “We’ve got some life cycle administration in its future.” It definitely would not make sense to proceed constructing two variations of the identical engine, in any case.

Within the Jetta, the 1.4-liter turbo engine presently makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. For the bigger 1.5, Volkswagen employs variable turbocharging expertise and APS coating within the combustion chambers to cut back total friction. The end result is a rise of 11 hp, to 158 hp, however an equivalent quantity of torque. The large profit, although, is real-world gas economic system.

Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, chief engineering officer for Volkswagen in North America, stated the corporate’s huge focus is “not solely the gas consumption confirmed by the EPA cycle,” however “real-world buyer gas consumption.” By using a variable turbocharger that may ship extra low-end torque, Demmelbauer-Ebner says the engine offers “a bigger space of minimal consumption.” In different phrases, the engine’s most gas economic system is simpler to see extra typically. “The true buyer calls for extra engine velocity throughout actual driving and, after all, extra energy,” Demmelbauer-Ebner stated.

Official gas economic system scores for the 2021 Taos aren’t but obtainable, however throughout a brief, 29-mile test round VW’s Oxnard campus, I noticed 34.2 miles per gallon in a mixture of metropolis and freeway driving. Contemplating different small SUVs are rated wherever from 27 to 31 mpg mixed, this is able to give the Taos an enormous benefit.

The Jetta is already fairly environment friendly so far as compact sedans go, rated for 30 mpg metropolis, 40 mpg freeway and 34 mpg mixed. In fact, nobody would complain about increased EPA scores.

The current-generation Jetta launched in 2018 and will likely be due for a midcycle refresh within the subsequent 12 months or two. We count on it to realize the 1.5-liter engine as a part of that freshening.

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Steven Ewing