New Diesel Coming Mid-2008
Nov. 14, 2007
The Jetta will be the first recipient of VW's new diesel. Click on image for larger view.
Volkswagen's new TDI diesel will arrive in North American showrooms in the summer of 2008 — under the hoods of the Jetta and Jetta SportWagen.
The automaker made this announcement in conjunction with the Los Angeles auto show, where the technology is currently making its continental debut.
The four-cylinder is VW's cleanest diesel ever — without sacrificing power or fuel economy. The 16-valve 2.0-liter generates 140 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy is expected to come in at over 30 MPG in the city and over 40 MPG on the highway.
Smoothness and drivability are said to be the best ever.
The new Jetta and Jetta SportWagen diesels will go on sale as 2009 models, approved for all 50 US states.
The yet-to-be-released Tiguan SUV will likely get the diesel a year later.
Due to changing emission standards, VW has been without a diesel model since the 2006 model year.