We don’t care if Volkswagen changed the name to Rabbit but we still like calling it the Golf. Either way, as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI returns to the US with a new powertrain in the spring of 2008, the German auto maker is looking for ways to expand its clean-diesel lineup.
The Volkswagen Jetta Clean Diesel TDI will be powered by a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower with 235 lb-ft of torque. According to Norbert Krause, director of VWoA’s engineering and environmental office, Norbert Krause, director of VWoA’s engineering and environmental office, that engine can find its way into other models. Currently under discussion is the Volkswagen Golf – we mean Rabbit.
Volkswagen is saying that the new new engine”s fuel economy and NVH will be significantly improved over the former 1.9-liter diesel engine.
Krause says VW is aware of demand for diesels. Diesel Jetta sedans and SportWagens will hit California and New England first when they arrive in showrooms by March. While pricing hasn”t been announced, the diesel will be pricier than the gas powered Jetta.
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