Volkswagen confirmed that they would be using the 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the Golf, Beetle, Passat, and Jetta models sold in the US automobile market. The incoming engine is referred to as the EA888 and this is set to replace the 2.5-liter in-line 5-cylinder engine used in most of the VW cars in the US. This move is aimed to decrease the cost of production and boost the fuel economy ratings of the models mentioned earlier.
According to VW, the 1.8-liter turbo four is a derivative of the 2.0-liter turbo four used in different models of Audi and VW vehicle. The new engine is capable of providing each model that would be using this with fuel economy rating in the highway that is closer to the 40 miles per gallon mark. This could be a good move on the part of Volkswagen since a vehicle with the rating that is closer to the 40 mpg in the highway is very attractive to most buyers and this could help increase the demand for VW vehicles particularly from consumers who are after for more fuel efficient vehicles.
Aside from boosting the fuel economy ratings of the VW vehicles sold in the US, Volkswagen would surely benefit from this move since the 1.8-liter turbo four could be built in their factories that handles the production of the 2.0-liter turbo four in the US and this could reduce the company’s production cost.
VW assured that the replacement of the convention in-line five will not affect the performance of the models involved plus the reduced fuel consumption. Although the 1.8-liter turbo four produces 158 horsepower which is lower compared to the in-line five’s 170 horsepower, the difference in horsepower is barely noticeable since the former could produce up to 185 lb.-ft. of torque which is relatively higher compared to the latter’s 177 lb.-ft. of torque.