Volkswagen has just announced a bunch of changes for the 2014 model year, the biggest of which is that it's finally ditching the boat anchor of an engine better known as the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder. This engine is currently used in entry-level versions of the Jetta (shown above in 2011 guise), Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Beetle and Golf, and with the exception of the Golf, which is in its final model year before a full redesign, the other models will all see a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected inline-four under the hood for 2014.
This new engine produces the same power as the 2.5 (170 hp) and seven more pound-feet of torque (184 lb-ft), but its biggest advantage is its fuel economy. According to the EPA's fueleconomy.gov website, the 2014 Jetta's official numbers have climbed to 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway (with the five-speed manual), up from the 2013 model's 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway numbers. Likewise, the Passat's 2014 fuel economy numbers with this new base engine have improved from 22 city/32 highway with the manual to 24 city/35 highway; 2014 Jetta SportWagen and 2014 Beetle figures with this new engine have not been posted yet.
Other big changes coming to the 2014 Jetta include electric power steering for all models as well as the torsion beam real axle being replaced with the more sophisticated multilink suspension currently only found in the GLI and Hybrid variants. Speaking of the GLI, a new 30th Anniversary edition will be joining the lineup later in the year.
In terms of other VW 2014 model year news, the Golf and GTI will only be offered in limited numbers and in four-door configurations only as VW prepares to launch the all-new Mk VII Golf, the Beetle Turbo has been renamed the Beetle R-Line and the promised new GSR model has arrived, and VW will introduce its new VW Car-Net connected services. Scroll down for the full press release breaking down all of the changes in store for VW's 2014 model year.
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MODEL YEAR 2014: MORE EFFICENT, DOWNSIZED ENGINES AND AN EXTENDED R-LINE RANGE HEAD THE CHANGES
New 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine to feature in Jetta, Beetle, and Passat, replacing the 2.5-liter five cylinder. R-Line® range expands to five models.
-Jetta SE and SEL models are fitted with new 170-horsepower 1.8-liter engine, offering a manufacturer predicted highway fuel economy improvement of 16 percent
-All Jetta models now have independent rear suspension
-VW Car-Net™ connected services introduced across a broad range of models
-New 1.8-liter engine in the Beetle has manufacturer predicted highway fuel economy improvement of 17 percent
-Sporty Beetle GSR® special edition offers dramatic appearance package
-Beetle R-Line model replaces Turbo, adding new bumpers, badging, and optional 19-inch wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights
-Passat trims are revised and new 1.8-liter engine replaces 2.5-liter unit, starting in the SEL model
-R-Line added to the Tiguan range
-Touareg R-Line joins the lineup
-All VW models are now E15 capable
Herndon, VA - After three years of incredible growth and a slew of new product introductions, 2013 is a year of consolidation for Volkswagen of America. Nevertheless, it's also a year in which some very important product changes will occur. Chief among these for the 2014 model year is the introduction of the EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® engine, which will gradually replace the 2.5-liter five-cylinder naturally aspirated powerplant fitted to the Jetta, Beetle, and Passat models. This new engine produces 170 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque: this is the same power as the 2.5, but the torque is improved by seven lb-ft, delivered much lower in the rev range.
Volkswagen pioneered the use of small-displacement turbocharged and DI engines in the U.S. market: the implementation of the new EA888 gasoline unit will help ensure that more than 90 percent of the cars sold by Volkswagen in the U.S. have these highly efficient powerplants. The engine is built in a new, state-of-the-art factory in Silao, Mexico that is part of Volkswagen's ongoing $5 billion investment in the North American market.
The new TSI engine will be fitted to the Jetta range and the Passat SEL initially, to be followed by the rest of the Passat lineup and the Beetle later in the model year. The new engine is expected to offer significant highway fuel mileage gains over the 2.5-liter unit.
The popular Beetle range has a number of new additions for 2014. The most significant is the introduction of the retro-themed GSR (German for "Yellow Black Racer") that will be sold as a limited-edition model. Because the base Beetle now has a turbocharged engine, the previous Turbo models have been re-branded with the R-Line® moniker.
The R-Line range itself has been extended to five vehicles. The Beetle Convertible R-Line, Touareg R-Line, and Tiguan R-Line all go on sale this fall, joining the existing Beetle Coupe R-Line and the CC R-Line.
Volkswagen will introduce its VW Car-Net™ connected services this fall as part of the 2014 model lineup. Available on Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan models, VW Car-Net offers a wealth of security and convenience features, including crash notification, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. In addition, VW Car-Net adds: remote vehicle access; boundary and speed alerts; a vehicle health report; and an enhanced POI service on vehicles equipped with a navigation system. Most of the features can be administered through a handy smartphone app.
Finally, all Volkswagen models are E15 capable, across all powertrains for 2014.
Beetle GSR goes on sale as a limited-edition model
Base 2.5-liter engine is replaced by 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four cylinder during the 2014 model year
Highway fuel economy predicted by manufacturer to improve by up to 17 percent with the 1.8-liter engine
Beetle Turbo lineup now becomes the Beetle R-Line
VW Car-Net connectivity becomes available
Rearview camera fitted to top-of-the-line models (late availability)
The GSR is a modern re-interpretation of the 1970s GSR ("Yellow Black Racer").
The body and the R-Line bumpers on the new GSR are predominantly yellow, the hood is mainly black, and the trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps are all black. The new car has yellow/black stripes with "GSR" lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. The car rides on 19-inch "Tornado" aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires and also features black-painted brake calipers.
Then as now, the GSR features a unique interior with a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The black-trimmed leather seating surfaces and high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel both have contrasting yellow stitching. Other interior changes include a GSR shift lever, a leather-wrapped handbrake, and black floormats with contrasting yellow embroidery. A badge on the steering wheel is marked with the special-edition number (1 through 3500) to emphasize the uniqueness of the car.
The base Beetle's 2.5-liter engine will be phased out later in the 2014 model year and replaced by a new, locally sourced, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This will produce 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and is expected to offer highly competitive fuel economy. Electro-mechanical power steering replaces the 2.5's hydraulic setup.
The Beetle Turbo lineup is renamed as the R-Line for 2014, adding aggressively styled bumpers front and rear as well as R-Line exterior badging and R-Line sill kickplates. The top R-Line Sunroof and Sound with Navigation also features unique 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, and leather seating surfaces; black interiors also get an R-Line badge on the steering wheel and a "metallic finish" dash pad. All Beetle R-Line models and the GSR are fitted with the latest version of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which makes 210hp.
Among other changes to the Beetle, the TDI® with Sunroof model is removed from the lineup, while a rearview camera will be available on the Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation trim levels on the Beetle, Beetle TDI Clean Diesel, and Beetle R-Line models.
Beetle receives 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter engine in place of 2.5-liter unit partway through 2014 model year
Beetle Turbo Convertible is renamed the Beetle R-Line Convertible
Rearview camera on top-of-the-line Convertible models (late availability)
VW Car-Net connectivity becomes available
Like the Beetle Coupe, the Turbo Convertible range is renamed the R-Line. The topline R-Line with Sound and Navigation has additional R-Line-specific features, such as unique 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, and leather seating surfaces: black interiors add an R-Line badge on the steering wheel and a "metallic finish" dash pad.
The base 2.5-liter engine will be phased out in favor of a 1.8-liter TSI unit that is expected to offer significantly better highway and overall fuel economy figures. Finally, the topline trim in each engine configuration-Beetle Convertible, Beetle TDI Convertible, and Beetle R-Line Convertible-will feature a rearview camera later in the model year.
VW Car-Net becomes available on all CC models
New 2.0T Executive trim joins lineup, while Sport model replaces Sport with Lighting Package
Rearview camera added to Sport and R-Line trim (late availability)
V6 Executive models get Keyless access with push-button start, "Easy Open" motion-activated trunk opener, and new 18-inch "Lakeville" alloy wheels
For 2014, a new 2.0T Executive trim joins the lineup and gains: the RNS® 510 premium navigation system with four-year SiriusXM® Traffic and three-month trial to SiriusXM TravelLink™; Keyless access and push-button start; "Easy Open" motion-activated trunk opener; leather seating surfaces; sunroof; rearview camera; 18-inch "St.Louis" alloy wheels; ambient lighting; engineered ebony interior trim, and available Truffle Brown interior. At the same time, the Sport with Lighting Package is replaced by the Sport model. This package includes LED daytime running lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), the RNS 315 navigation system, and a rearview camera (late availability).
For 2014, the Eos incorporates minor changes over the 2013 models.
VW Car-Net becomes available on all trims
RNS 315 navigation system is added to the Komfort and Sport trims
Keyless access with push-button start added to the Sport model
Lux model is discontinued
There will be a limited number of 2014 Golfs and GTIs sold in the U.S. market, as four-door models only.
New 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine replaces 2.5-liter five cylinder; electro-mechanical power steering replaces a hydraulic setup
Jetta 1.8T, 2.0, and TDI models receive rear multilink suspensions
Media Device Interface (MDI) cable moved from glovebox to center console on SE and higher trims
VW Car-Net becomes available on SE with Connectivity and higher trims
Rearview cameras added to SEL, TDI Premium, and TDI Premium and Navigation
30th Anniversary edition GLI (late availability)
Jetta Hybrid SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims receive new high-resolution MFI display in the instrument cluster
The best-selling model in Volkswagen's lineup receives a number of key enhancements for 2014, including powertrain, chassis, and technology updates.
The SE model will add a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, electro-mechanical power steering, a multilink independent rear suspension, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and power reclining front seats. The SE with Connectivity trim adds the option of VW Car-Net connected services, while the SE with Connectivity and Sunroof adds Keyless access with push-button start.
The SEL trim is now available with an automatic transmission only. It also offers VW Car-Net, a rearview camera, the RNS 315 navigation system, and the Fender® Premium Audio System.
Similar to the 1.8-liter gasoline trims, all TDI Clean Diesel models will offer VW Car-Net, a relocated MDI cable (now in the center console), and new independent rear suspension. TDI Premium and Premium and Navigation trims also get a rearview camera. The performance-driven Jetta GLI model now has the relocated MDI cable and the option of VW Car-Net, as well as the latest 210-hp version of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Volkswagen's first hybrid compact, the Jetta Hybrid, was launched late last year. For 2014, updates are minimal and include the availability of VW Car-Net and the addition of a new high-resolution color MFI display in the instrument cluster.
For 2014, the Jetta SportWagen incorporates only minor changes over the 2013 models.
All models receive LED license-plate lights
TDI trims gain a rearview camera
For 2014, the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine will be replaced by a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Along with the engine comes a change from hydraulic to electro-mechanical power steering. Other changes include:
Wolfsburg Edition carries over from 2013; now includes leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake
VW Car-Net connectivity system available on Wolfsburg and higher trims
Two-tone seats available on all SE trims
Rearview camera introduced on SE and higher trims
Keyless access with push-button start and new "Bristol" 18-inch wheels available on select SE trims.
A Sport trim will be introduced later this year. Details will be released closer to launch
MDI now standard on Wolfsburg Edition and higher trims
For 2014, the Routan carries over unchanged as a fleet model only.
Tiguan R-Line model added to the lineup
VW Car-Net connectivity option widely available across trim lines
Introduction of Fender Premium Audio System on R-Line and SEL trims
Content added across the Tiguan lineup; Keyless access with push-button start, Climatronic® automatic air conditioning, MDI with iPod® cable, and rearview camera
The Tiguan R-Line joins the expanded lineup of R-Line models. This performance and appearance package adds aggressive styling and a sport suspension. The exterior is further enhanced with 19-inch aluminum-alloy Mallory wheels, an R-Line roof spoiler, body-color side skirts, and R-Line badging. The interior receives R-Line front door kickplates, a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, black headliner, and stainless steel pedals. Additionally, the Tiguan R-Line offers Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and leather seating surfaces.
Overall, there is added value across the Tiguan lineup with enhanced SE and SEL models, as well as a new SE with Appearance trim line. The SE adds heated seats, leatherette seating surfaces, and an MDI with iPod® adapter; the SE with Appearance's added features include Keyless access with push-button start and a rearview camera; and the SEL adds the Fender Premium Audio System.
R-Line model features special interior and exterior styling, sport suspension
Rear hatch now has "Easy Open" feature on all models except Sport and R-Line
Area-view camera feature on Executive and Hybrid models
LED taillights on the Executive models
Keyless access with push-button start now fitted to more than 90 percent of Touareg models
Trailer hitch now standard on all Touareg models except V6 Sport and R-Line
The most important addition to the Touareg lineup for the 2014 model year is the R-Line, which is based on the Lux trim for V6 and TDI Clean Diesel models. This model adds a sport suspension, 20-inch "Mallory" aluminum-alloy wheels, and a bevy of exterior and interior enhancements. On the outside, the R-Line model receives: R-Line badging; LED taillights; sportier front and rear bumpers; and side skirts. Inside, the R-Line gets brushed aluminum trim, stainless-steel pedals, a black headliner, an R-badged steering wheel, and unique sill kickplates.
Sport with Navigation and Lux models receive Keyless access with push-button start, while all models except the R-Line and Sport have a new "Easy Open" motion-activated trunk opening feature, which is a real boon to owners who have their hands full and want to access the cargo area.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.