Within the next few years, Volkswagen will scrap naturally-aspirated powertrains. Instead, the automaker will be focusing on forming a range of all turbocharged engines, according to Mark Trahan (VW’s executive vice president for group quality). He also said that its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, may produce an upcoming small SUV as early as 2016.
There are very few naturally aspirated engines that remain in the brand’s U.S. lineup. These are the 2.5-liter five-cylinder used in the Passat, Beetle, Golf, and Jetta SportWagen; the 3.6-liter V-6 offered in the Passat, Touareg, and CC; and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder installed in the base S model of the Jetta.
Volkswagen is in the process of phasing out the five-cylinder powertrain in favor of the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is available in the Jetta and Passat and which will soon be offered in the Beetle and Golf. Trahan said that the automaker will stop selling naturally aspirated engines after three or four years at the most.
Volkswagen has yet to confirm the presence of a larger turbocharged engine that may replace the V-6. We’ll have to wait what Volkswagen plans for the small SUV, which will be released in 2016.
It’s believed that the brand will choose the plant that will build this SUV by the end of the year. Trahan said that the top candidate is the Chattanooga plant, which started production in 2011 and presently rolls out the Passat. [source: LeftLaneNews]