Volkswagen announces new engine, for Passat, Golf

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Volkswagen is offering drivers new engine options for its Golf range, along with new standard equipment for all five trim levels of its larger Passat.

The manufacturer said a 128hp Bluemotion version of its 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine is now available to order on the Golf GT hatch and Golf Estate GT.

The engine, previously only available in SE and SE Navigation trims, features a shutdown mode allowing all four cylinders to temporarily turn off while cruising to save fuel.

VW claims 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds for the hatch, and 9.2 seconds for the Golf Estate, while top speeds are 130mph and 131mph respectively.

CO2 emissions are 116g/km for a manual Golf Estate and five-door hatch, and 113 g/km for a three-door hatch, and also for both body styles with a DSG gearbox.

VW has also made a petrol engine available for the first time in the latest Golf Alltrack, with the option of a 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine producing 178hp.

It’s capable of taking the car from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 135mph, with CO2 emissions of 156 g/km.

Upgrades to the Passat range include LED headlights now coming as standard at SE Business, GT and Alltrack trim levels, and premium LED headlights being fitted to R-Line cars.

Every new Passat now comes as standard with Volkswagen’s App-Connect system, which enables smartphones to be mirrored onto the Passat’s infotainment touchscreen.

Also, SE Business, R-Line and Alltrack trims now feature heated front seats as standard, and SE Business models now come with 3Zone climate control and a colour multi-function display.

There are also some price increases involved, including an extra £550 for the SE Business and £200 for the GT, but VW argues that the value of the extra equipment outweighs this, delivering net savings.

(Thenationonlineng)

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