Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014.

While it shares its moniker with the old diesel, the new engine produces 150 horsepower, a 10-hp boost, and 236 pound-feet of torque. VW promises improved fuel economy as well, but it hasn't announced specifically what amount yet. The company claims that despite the same displacement, only the bore spacing is shared with the previous version. The mill includes new features like exhaust gas recirculation, an intercooler integrated into the intake manifold and low-friction camshaft bearings.

VW Group of America has had great success with diesels in the US recently. Vee-Dub and Audi sold 105,899 diesel-equipped models in 2013. It was the first time the group ever sold over 100,000 diesels in a year, and they accounted for 24 percent of sales. Scroll down to read the full press release about the announcement.
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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA CONFIRMS TIMING FOR NEW TDI® CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE
Mar 18, 2014

-New, more fuel-efficient EA288 engine will debut in second half of 2014 in the model year 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle-

Dearborn, Mich. (March 18, 2014) – Douglas Skorupski, Manager of Technical Strategy, Volkswagen of America, today presented the launch details of the company's newest, most fuel-efficient, TDI® Clean Diesel engine, designated EA288. During a presentation delivered at the Automotive World Megatrends USA conference in Dearborn, Mich., Skorupski stated that the new engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014.

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGOA) has had continued success with Clean Diesel technology: In 2013, VWGOA sold 105,899 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi brands. This was the first time it passed the 100,000 sales milestone in a calendar year, representing nearly 75 percent of the diesel sales for passenger cars and SUVs in the United States in 2013. Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel powered models in the United States.

"The Volkswagen Group is a leader in Clean Diesel technology," said Skorupski. "With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even cleaner and more fuel efficient and powerful. We're excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of Clean Diesel engines."

Ever since 1977, when Volkswagen first offered a diesel engine in the Rabbit, the company has sold more than one million cars and SUVs powered by these engines in the U.S. High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel Volkswagen models accounted for 24 percent of sales in 2013, the best result on record. The TDI models in the Audi and Volkswagen lineup deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy and 12-30 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions than comparable gasoline engines.

The new EA288 engine will eventually replace all the 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engines currently fitted in Audi and Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel models. This turbocharged, common-rail, direct-injection four-cylinder engine makes 150 horsepower-an increase of 10 hp over the current engine-and 236 pound-feet of torque. This powerplant shares only the bore spacing with the previous diesel engine that had the same designation. A number of changes have been made to help reduce emissions, such as: use of a complex exhaust gas recirculation system; integration of the intercooler with the intake manifold, which also improves throttle response; and packaging the exhaust after-treatment components close to the engine.

The engine also has a number of modifications to help minimize friction and optimize fuel economy: there are low-friction bearings for the camshaft and balancer shafts, piston rings that have less pre-tension, and the oil pump is a two-stage device with volumetric flow regulation.

About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va., Volkswagen Group of America brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 992-strong dealer network.

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      Joe
      • 9 Months Ago
      I wouldn't call exhaust gas recirculation a feature. It injects dirty crud back into the intake and reduces fuel economy.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 9 Months Ago
      Let's hope they get rid of the timing belt this time.
        lrx301
        • 9 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Why get rid off timing belt?
        Brian P
        • 9 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        Still has a belt,but the scheduled replacement interval has been extended. I want to say 120,000 mi / 200,000 km but could be wrong.
      BlackDog
      • 9 Months Ago
      Have biodiesel? Should be 20% Biodiesel.
        EnzoFloydboy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BlackDog
        Um, I don't think Volkswagen can control how much biodiesel is in the fuel you pump. That's not their decision.
      Josh
      • 9 Months Ago
      What happened to the Start/Stop tech they were rumored to be putting in the diesel engines?
      Neil
      • 9 Months Ago
      I will likely purchase the Golf version this year. Our Sportwagen is such a great car. Why, though, can't automakers get over the fear of Americans not accepting diesels for the wider US Market. And more spartan equipment? My cab in Denmark was a C class mercedes with a four cylinder diesel. I would probably buy a C class, diesel wagon, in base trim if it was ever to be imported. Sigh. Or a base model Audi A3 diesel Quattro hatchback.
      mr.vw
      • 9 Months Ago
      The next VW we want are in europe and on the top of list all have 4mo & TDI well except the GTD and that should be in 4mo as well ;) Seriously passat alltrack, amarock, even CC. I was hoping to see the A3 in TDI in quattro but no dice.
      yo
      • 9 Months Ago
      And it will go zero to 60 in 24.8 seconds.
        Really
        • 9 Months Ago
        @yo
        Don't be soooo dramatic. Regular 2014 2.0 Jetta & Golf TDI's do it in under 8 seconds, not fast but for the 40+ city and 50+ highway plenty fast. Good luck passing one on the hwy as the torque is awesome!
        Brian P
        • 9 Months Ago
        @yo
        More like high 8-ish low 9-ish ...
      mbukukanyau
      • 9 Months Ago
      Put the engine where it belongs. In the back, then we will pay attention.
      Orion
      • 9 Months Ago
      North America must really have gotten screwed by VW NA in the past, so many VW related posts are just complaining about quality and repairs etc. I grew up with VW/Audi products in Europe and they're damn near bulletproof over there.
        Neez
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Orion
        The U.S. EPA regulations are different than Euro emissions. Actually they are the complete opposite until this year. In europe, you had to limit PM(soot) emissions, so natually you increased NOx output which is not harmful to the engine. Because the engine is tuned to produce less PM(soot), they natually are more reliable. Nothing to clog and the engines run much cooler when tuned to produce less NOx. Here in the states for many years it was the opposite. They had to produce less NOx but PM(soot) was ok. So engines were tuned to run hotter and produce less NOx, and the extra PM(soot) cause problems with EGR's clogging and other issues. People that drive diesels short distances were having reliability issues.
      SooooRight
      • 9 Months Ago
      great, more opportunities for shredding HPF destroying more engines. Bravo VW, keep the crap coming!
        atc98092
        • 9 Months Ago
        @SooooRight
        The HPFP on the new engine is a new generation. Too soon to say if they've resolved the issue with poor quality US diesel, but early reports are promising.
      atc98092
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is one reason that VW sales are down recently. People are waiting for this new engine to reach the US. It's already being used elsewhere, and is a better all around engine. These cars will be using AdBlue, so economy will be improved. Look at the Passat. Bigger and heaver in all ways, but gets better mileage than the Golf, Jetta or Beetle. Using AdBlue is why. Allows more efficient tuning. And AdBlue isn't real expensive, so it's really a win all the way around.
      Mephisto
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sounds good so long that it is not matted to an automatic. The automatics can't handle the diesels. The rest of it is just advertisements for VW.
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