Volkswagen has announced pricing for the whole Passat range with the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which starts at $20,895* for the base 1.8T S sedan equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission. Step up to the 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, standard with a six-speed automatic, and buyers are looking at $23,695*. The SE with a five-speed manual starts at $24,475*, and it goes up from there. The Passat 1.8T SEL has already launched and starts at $30,895*. (*Prices don't include the $820 destination charge.)

The 1.8-liter turbo four, meant to replace the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine, is the newest powerplant to be used in VW's lineup. It makes the same 170 horsepower as the inline five and seven pound-feet more torque, at 184 lb-ft, but does so at lower RPM for better low- and mid-range power. For the EPA's combined city-highway driving cycle, the Passat 1.8T equipped with the six-speed automatic is rated at 28 miles per gallon, compared to 25 mpg for a similarly equipped Passat 2.5.

For all the talk of efficiency, the performance boost afforded by the new 1.8T over the 2.5 is not lost on VW. The manufacturer claims a Passat 1.8T equipped with the five-speed manual transmission can sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.5 seconds, compared to 8.2 seconds in a manual 2.5-liter Passat. The six-speed auto Passat 1.8T does 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds, compared to 8.9 seconds for the old model.

Check out the press release below for more details on the Passat 1.8T.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PASSAT 1.8T MODELS, CELEBRATES TURBO DIRECT-INJECTION ENGINE LEADERSHIP

Passat 1.8T priced from $20,895 for S model: gains 3 mpg on EPA highway estimated fuel economy over outgoing 2.5 model

Herndon, VA - Having launched the new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® engine in the Jetta lineup and in the Passat 1.8T SEL Premium, Volkswagen of America has announced pricing for the remainder of the Passat 1.8T lineup-the 1.8T S, 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SE with Sunroof, and 1.8T SE with Sunroof and Navigation.

The base price for the Passat 1.8T S is $20,895 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, while the Wolfsburg Edition is right in the sweet spot of the mid-size sedan market with a base price of $23,965. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on this model. The SE pricing begins at $24,475 with the five-speed manual, while the SE with Sunroof costs $26,395 and the SE with Sunroof and Navigation has a base price of $27,555. Volkswagen's standard destination charge for the Passat is $820.

Designed to be lighter and more fuel-efficient, the new EA888 Gen 3 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder powerplant features a number of refinements, such as a new thinwall cylinder block, a cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold, and careful attention to the reduction of friction. The new 1.8-liter TSI engine is built at Volkswagen's new engine factory in Silao, Mexico, part of the Volkswagen Group's ongoing $5 billion investment in North America.

The 1.8T engine has a peak output of 170 horsepower at 4800 to 6200 rpm, matching the horsepower rating of the outgoing 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but delivered at 700 fewer revs. The new engine offers seven pound-feet more torque at 184 lb-ft, produced at just 1500 rpm-a whopping 2750 revs less than the outgoing 2.5's torque figure. The torque curve is strong and flat, with the peak being delivered from 1500 to 4750 rpm. All 1.8T Passat models now have electric power steering, in place of the hydraulic setup on the 2.5 models.

The new engine also returns better EPA estimated fuel economy figures than the 2.5-liter unit. The Passat equipped with the 1.8T and a six-speed automatic transmission now gets 34 mpg on the highway, up from 31 mpg for the 2.5-liter engine. At the same time, the city mileage improves from 22 to 24 mpg, and the overall EPA estimated combined fuel economy is now 28 mpg compared with 25 for the outgoing five cylinder. On the manual transmission model, the EPA city/combined/highway fuel economy ratings have increased from 22/26/32 mpg to 24/28/35 mpg.

As well as offering better fuel economy, the new engine's additional low-speed torque has enhanced the performance of the car: the manual transmission Passat1.8T now goes from 0 to 60 mph in a manufacturer estimated 7.5 seconds, an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the 2.5-liter model. The 1.8T equipped with a six-speed automatic now completes the same acceleration run in an estimated 7.9 seconds, down from 8.7 seconds with the 2.5-liter engine.

The implementation of this engine throughout the Passat lineup furthers Volkswagen's leadership in turbocharged and direct-injection technology among volume automakers. Volkswagen first used this combination of turbocharging and direct injection in the U.S. in its TDI® Clean Diesel engines in the Passat in 1996 and extended it into the gasoline field in the 2006 Jetta GLI and GTI models. Since then, Volkswagen's EA888 four cylinder has set the benchmark for small-displacement turbocharged engines, beginning with the 2009 CC, while the EA288 TDI® has set the standard for diesel engines in the North American market since it first appeared in the 2009 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel.

Once the engine comes on stream in the Beetle during the 2014 Model Year, the vast majority of Volkswagen's range will be powered by these advanced turbocharged and direct-injection engines, either in diesel or gasoline form. Volkswagen of America predicts that by the end of 2014, close to 90 percent of its vehicles will be sold with these engines.

Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America said: "We are delighted that the majority of our Passat customers are now able to benefit from the performance and fuel-efficiency of our turbocharged and direct-injection engines, whether they choose TDI or TSI technology. Volkswagen leads the volume market with these engines in North America and we are excited that we are furthering our leadership with them."


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      Arizonarelax
      • 1 Year Ago
      It does not look bad in a Chevy Impala sort-of-way. All manufacturers take you to the cleaners with options - bait and switch - low price to options like a spare tire. Have always enjoyed how a Volkswagen handles - never enjoyed the repairs or the time in the shop with VW.
      darkharbour
      • 1 Year Ago
      About time they started phasing out the ancient 2.5. That being said, I'll miss the unique sound those inline-fives made.
      Kumar
      • 1 Year Ago
      So is the 5 speed manual better matched to the 1.8T, or is VW going old-school in a 6+ speed world?
        Drezz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kumar
        I've read that the 5-speed is a good match in this application. It seems a little out of sync, given how prevalent six-speed manuals are now, but hopefully they know what they're doing. [I've had a five-speed manual since '95, when I got rid of my four-speed Beetle.]
        SYMAWD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kumar
        All VWs have a 5 speed unless it is a TDI or 2.0T which gets a 6 speed. Honestly the 5 speed is fine and the 1.8T has plenty of power. Also, the VW 6 speed is nicer in terms of feel, but gears 5 and 6 are nearly identical. I really wish 6th was taller for highway use.
        TopGun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kumar
        Is it no wonder that we keep getting stuff shoved down what is supposed to be our collective enthusiast throats. Who cares how many gears it has? More forward gears will give yet another excuse for people to not drive an MT - "too many gates down there...too confusing".
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
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          Seal Rchin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
          Excuse not to drive a manual? Ummmmm you do realize that only around 4%-5% of cars are sold with a manual.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
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          TopGun
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TopGun
          Shockingly, Seal Rchin, that's exactly my point...only 4-5% of the cars are sold with a manual as even "car enthusiasts" have made excuses to not drive them. Look at them all on here - DCTs are faster (as if we actually do timed 0-60 runs every day that are critical to be 0.2s faster)...DCTs get better mileage (as if an EPA test cycle reflects real-word mpg). Carguy...time to change your name to Captain Obvious. Look, you don't give a crap and want an auto...knock yourselves out...just don't drape yourselves in some kind of excuse to do it...you're not helping improve the numbers.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Most boring German car to date
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS PLAIN WRAP CAR WORKED FOR A YEAR OR TWO Now the factory is hurting with low production--- time for a big goose in the looks and equipment.
      Clark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still no Passat wagon for TN. VW has made fine wagons and they should be capitalizing on the lack of good looking wagons in the US market.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice value but the design is a little too exciting. They need to tone it down a bit. s/
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will it still tow a load of 1000 lbs like the current model or will it not and they won\'t tell anyone.
      SooooRight
      • 1 Year Ago
      My god what a heap. God bless you fools who buy VW, keeping all those germans and mexicans employed. Crap car from the king of crap car companies.
        generic_emails
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SooooRight
        You do realize the car is made in Tennessee right.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SooooRight
        @SooooRight Of course you know that they stretched version of dumbed down Jetta to fit US customers who like cheap cars. Cheap=crap. You got what you wanted.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter what engine is in it or how much/little it costs, the driving position is completely inexcusable. Mazda6 FTW.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Passat still needs available xenon headlights. That's a safety feature no one should have to go without.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        While I like them, people have driven safely for 100 years without them and there are still tons of cars without them.
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