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VW expanding new 1.8T across Passat line

by Andrew Ganz

Pricing has been announced for VW\'s new, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder turbo motor.

Volkswagen has announced that the least expensive version of its Passat equipped with its new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will sticker from $21,715 when it goes on sale soon.

VW is in the process of phasing out its less fuel-efficient five-cylinder engine in favor of the new 1.8-liter unit.

The German automaker initially launched the new motor, which replaces a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, early in the 2014 model year in its Jetta compact sedan and the range-topping Passat SEL. By early calendar year 2014, the 1.8-liter will have completely replaced the 2.5-liter in the automaker's Passat lineup in the United States.

That $21,715 sticker price includes a mandatory $820 destination charge. Overall, the base price of the Passat rises $50 with the new engine.

From there, the lineup climbs to the $24,785 Passat Wolfsburg Edition and the $25,295 Passat SE.

Base Passat S and SE trims come standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, while others include a six-speed automatic unit. The new 1.8-liter engine also brings with it electrically-assisted power steering rather than the previous model's hydraulic system.

VW says that the 1.8-liter engine is an integral part of its push toward a lineup of turbocharged and direct-injected engines. By the end of next year, it estimates that 90 percent of the cars it sells in the U.S. will be equipped with the two performance-enhancing and fuel-saving technologies.

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