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VW Golf getting smaller, more efficient engine for 2019?

The Golf will allegedly receive a heart transplant from the Jetta.

Some variants of the Volkswagen Golf will allegedly get a new engine and transmission for the 2019 model year.

The front-wheel drive model will ditch the turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine for a smaller 1.4-liter turbo four borrowed from the all-new 2019 Jetta. It makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque; that's a 23-horsepower drop compared to the outgoing 1.8-liter but torque stays the same.

Without citing sources, Autoblog reports the new engine will make the Golf more efficient. The 2018 model powered by the 1.8-liter returns 25 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg in a combined cycle when ordered with a five-speed manual transmission, according to the EPA.

Speaking of transmission options, the 1.4-liter will shift through a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic. The additional gears (one for the stick and two for the automatic) will help offset the loss of performance.

The all-wheel drive Golf variants will carry on with the 1.8-liter.

Volkswagen hasn't commented on the report. If it's accurate, expect an official announcement in the coming weeks as 2019 cars begin arriving in showrooms.

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