The VW Jetta

2014 Volkswagen Jetta to offer turbocharged 4-cylinder, drop 2.5L inline-5

While Volkswagen Auto Group has been busy this last week telling the world about their 2013 model year lineup for their various brands, company Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy Rainer Michel recently told the folks at AOL that for 2014, the Volkswagen Jetta will drop the 2.5L inline-5 engine for a new turbocharged 4-cylinder mill.

The new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine coming to the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta will measure 1.8 liters, using direct injection in addition to forced induction to help increase the Jetta’s fuel economy without sacrificing power. Even though no estimates have been offered thus far, we would expect that the new turbocharged 1.8L engine will have no problems exceeding the 24 miles per gallon around town or the 31mpg on the highway that the current Jetta offers when powered by the 2.5L inline-5.

The “new” 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine coming to the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta will be built at the company’s new engine plant in Silao Mexico. That plant is expected to come online sometime next year and when it does, it will produce around 330,000 engines annually. With the German automaker’s increased capacity to built these 4-cylinder engines, combined with the efficiency gains to be had from making the change away from the 2.5L engine, it really doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the inline-5 will be killed off in place of a turbo 4.


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Smart move. That 2.5 is a dog.