Posted By RichC on February 13, 2008
Edmonds Inside Line reported a little more on the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI schedule to show up for test drives at North American VW dealerships late spring and early summer. (should be available for delivery to buyers August 2008) Along with information on the 50-state compliant 2.0-liter common-rail diesel engine, the article also reported on the pricing.
“While the Jetta carries the Bluetec badge, referring to VW and Audi’s alliance with DaimlerChrysler on diesel emissions technology, the car will not require the AdBlue liquid urea additive to comply with federal standards.
That is because the engine is smaller than the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that the company will install in the Touareg SUV in 2008, which will employ AdBlue, according to Norbert Krause, director of VOA’s engineering and environmental office.”
Norbert Krause goes on to say that the “new engine abandons VW’s old mechanical fuel injection system in favor of a common-rail system using piezoelectric fuel injectors. This technology permits higher injection pressures, which better atomize the fuel and makes it easier to control pollution.”
Of course one of the reasons TDI advocates like their diesel is for the fuel economy. This new smoother, quieter and more powerful engine is also more efficient, so the fuel economy should be better as well. Krause hinted the the 140 horsepower, 235 lb.-ft of torque clean diesel should be in the 45 mpg range.
The new engine is smoother, quieter, more powerful and more efficient than the old Jetta TDI, which won many friends, but it won’t cost more. Fuel economy should be better, in the 45 mpg range, while the engine produces 140 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, according to Krause. The starting price will be “about $23,000 and a typically equipped car listing for $25,000, which is in line with the outgoing model” as reported by Edmonds who referenced VW spokesman Keith Price.