Volkswagen of America unveils pricing for Passat 1.8T lineup

Article by Anita Panait, on November 13, 2013

Volkswagen of America has disclosed pricing for the rest of the Passat 1.8T lineup — the 1.8T S, 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SE with Sunroof, and 1.8T SE with Sunroof and Navigation. The Passat 1.8T S has a starting price of $20,895, if it comes with a five-speed manual transmission. The Wolfsburg Edition has a base price of $23,965, bearing a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The SE carries a starting price of $24,475 with the five-speed manual, while the SE with Sunroof bears a base price of $26,395 and the SE with Sunroof and Navigation features a starting price of $27,555.  The standard destination charge for the Passat is $820.

VW recently launched the new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine in the Jetta lineup and in the Passat 1.8T SEL Premium.

The new EA888 Gen 3 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine is now more refined, enhanced with features like a new thinwall cylinder block and a cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold. Volkswagen also paid careful attention to the reduction of friction.

The carmaker builds the new 1.8-liter TSI engine at its new Silao engine factory in Mexico, which is part of the Volkswagen Group’s current $5 billion investment in North America. The 1.8T engine provides up to 170 hp of output at 4800 to 6200 rpm – similar to the hp rating of the outgoing 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but at 700 fewer revs.

1.8T engine also provides seven pound-feet more torque at 184 lb-ft, produced at just 1500 rpm, — around 2750 revs less than the outgoing 2.5’s torque number. The new engine provides a strong and flat torque curve, with the peak being available from 1500 to 4750 rpm. All 1.8T Passat models feature electric power steering, replacing the hydraulic setup on the 2.5 models.

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