This year, a 1.8-liter turbo four swithces a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five since the latest base engine (the TDI and V-6 Passats will still be provided). The transformation begins with the line-topping SEL Advanced and can eventually extend to cover the S, SE, and Wolfsburg Version cuts afterwards this year. The force-fed 1.8-liter is the same Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder which finds it's way into Golfs and also Jettas for 2014. A engine features a thin-wall crankcase much less counterweights for reduced weight, along with reduced main bearings and decreased oil pressure to minimize scrubbing. The exhaust beyond any doubt are integral to the tube scalp to be able to allow the engine to warm-up more quickly, as well as turbo is lesser along with spools increase quicker.
Our team drove the well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Luxury automatic. Whilst the Passat is several hundred pounds heavier compared to Jetta, the 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 hp plus 184 lb-ft of torque shift the middle - size sedan logically sufficient, using a thing close to half-throttle summoning the turbine designed for function. Showing is the torque necessities with the 1.8T, that rises rapidly to mesa from 1500 rpm to near a 6200- revoltions per minute horsepower peak. Contrast that to the highs and valleys in the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, that proffers a 177 lb-ft with max torque for a relatively rev-happy 4250 and it is 170 horsepower peak at 5700, creating the narrow sweet stain.
The fuel - economy - optimized standardization on the 6- speed torque- converter automatic keeps a Passat at small revs on the top gears when cruising, when there’s much less rumbly powertrain noise than in the Jetta 1.8T we recently driven. We’ll attribute that to more soundproofing and the belief that the engine doesn’t stay at 1200 revoltions per minute extended if street load raises. Rise even a small level or barely breathe in the throttle, and the automatic transmission downshifts, eliminating a rumbling noise. Certainly, you may use your own gearbox programming through tipping from the gears personally or by simply opting for a Passat with a five -speed manual-yes, the car will still be obtainable with the stay even once a 1.8T accomplishes its slide across the selection.