Volkswagen of America confirmed final night by way of electronic mail the alteration of the Passat and Beetle engine lineups for the 2018 mannequin yr.
In analyzing up to date EPA mpg figures for the 2018 mannequin yr — as one does — we seen a curious change. The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune achieves barely higher freeway gasoline economic system, 34 mpg, than the non-Dune 33-mpg 2018 Volkswagen Beetle.
By the by, after posing a handful of inquiries to Volkswagen of America spokesperson Mark Gillies, TTAC discovered that the 1.Eight-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that served as the bottom engine within the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Beetle from 2014-2017 is out. It offers approach within the 2018 Passat and Beetle to the second-generation Tiguan’s EA888 Gen3B 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
The end result? Higher gasoline economic system and extra torque.
We knew the change was approaching, as Volkswagen informed TTAC in late Might that the Tiguan’s new Budack Cycle 2.0T, “will finally supersede the 1.8T within the Passat and Beetle.” We didn’t know, nevertheless, that “finally” meant instantly.
In the meantime, the 1.8T continues apace within the Jetta and Golf.You’ll recall that Volkswagen’s determination to swap out the outdated 2.5-liter five-cylinder drove Passat gasoline economic system up from a mixed 25 miles per gallon to 28 miles per gallon. By 2017, the Passat 1.8T computerized was rated at 27 mpg mixed. The brand new 2.0T is rated by the EPA at 29 mpg mixed. Within the Beetle, it additionally makes for a 29-mpg automobile (though Beetle Dunes do add that single mpg to the Beetle’s 33-mpg freeway ranking.)
However the actual story can be seen in a distinct part of the spec sheet. If the Tiguan’s energy figures maintain, the Passat and Beetle will swap out a 170-horsepower; 184-lb-ft 1.8T that didn’t make peak energy at four,800 rpm and reached peak torque at 1,500 rpm. Instead can be a 2.0T with 184 horsepower (that arrives 400 rpm sooner) and 221 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.It’s unlikely gasoline economic system uptick and a torque enhance will flip the Passat and Beetle into barnstorming gross sales successes in 2018. This would be the Passat’s seventh mannequin yr. Whereas Passat quantity is best this yr than final — when Volkswagen was feeling the total influence of a post-diesel emissions scandal collapse — gross sales are 36-percent decrease in 2017 than they have been in 2012.
Likewise, the Beetle is promoting extra typically this yr than final, however U.S. Beetle quantity is 62-percent decrease than it was in 2013.
No, the two.0T gained’t create immediate gross sales successes. However we’re not going to complain about incremental gasoline economic system enhancements that affiliate themselves with vital torque boosts.
Volkswagen will present extra spec and lineup particulars for the 2018 Beetle and Passat within the coming weeks.
Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.internet. Comply with on Twitter @timcaincars.