VW Confirms New TDI Clean Diesel Engine Details For U.S.

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Volkswagen Group of America has confirmed that its latest generation of 2.0-liter clean diesel engines will debut in the U.S. in the second half of 2014.

The engine, a version of which is already on sale in several European VW group models, will see service in the 2015 model-year Golf, Beetle, Passat and Jetta.

Designated EA288, the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel unit is a direct replacement for the 2.0 TDI currently found in several VW group vehicles.

With common rail technology and direct injection, total output is boosted to 150 horsepower--10 hp more than before--and torque to 236 pounds-feet. While similar in capacity to the old unit, virtually every parameter is different.

The new clean diesel unit incorporates high pressure and cooled low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), integration of the water cooled intercooler and EGR valve with the intake manifold, and a combined diesel particulate filter and catalyst--mounted close to the engine to improve warm-up time.

Several low-friction measures are used to improve economy and enhance smoothness, the later further improved by balancer shafts.

It's the same unit used in the high-performance Volkswagen Golf GTD, a car our sister site Motor Authority has already tested. In that application, it's even more powerful--181 horsepower, to be precise--but still returns over 40 mpg at highway speeds. Better still, that car is due in the U.S. too.

Importantly for Volkswagen, the car already meets Europe's strict Euro 6 emissions standards and features urea injection, meaning no changes required to meet California's legendarily strict emissions regulations.

For more on the next-generation Golf, head over to The Car Connection's 2015 Volkswagen Golf preview page.


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Comments (5)
  1. I think automakers are cranking up the Diesel car offering to counter the hybrids as far as choices goes with MPG...

    When will we see a Direct Injection Turbo Diesel powered plugin electric car that powers something like a large Pickup trucks or SUV in the US?

    I think that will sell well in the US and the cost is easily taken care of since those vehicles can sell for upward of $50k and they have $10k profit margin or more...

  2. Mazda's new diesel engine designs need no urea injection.

  3. That's great Johnny...but when is it going to be here? VW would probably be the worst mpg high selling auto manufacturer selling in the US if it wasn't for their diesels. Their 5 cyl motors in their small cars suck balls in nearly every area compared to their competition now. However, they are finally replacing those next year.

    When is Honda, Mazda, and other Asian brands going to finally bring their diesels to the states? I've heard for years now that one or the other company was GOING to do so but still nothing yet. I'll believe it when I actually see it on the American roads.

    Till then...shut yer trap n comment on vehicles we can actually get here in the USA...please

  4. @Erik: Keep it polite, please!

    And Mazda has said repeatedly that it will offer the Mazda 6 with the SkyActiv-D diesel engine during 2014. I take your point about waiting to see cars on the road, but it's an announced product at this point.

  5. The EGR/DPF exhaust, without urea, sounds exactly the same as the one currently throwing owners under the bus, at 80-100+k miles. $3,000-4,000 each. That, or straight piping the diesel and faking smog tests.

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