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RSS Official: 2014 VW Jetta brooms loathed 5-cylinder, beam axle rear suspension

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Volkswagen has just announced a bunch of changes for the 2014 model year, the biggest of which is that it's finally ditching the boat anchor of an engine better known as the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder. This engine is currently used in entry-level versions of the Jetta (shown above in 2011 guise), Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Beetle and Golf, and with the exception of the Golf, which is in its final model year before a full redesign, the other models will all see a new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected inline-four under the hood for 2014.

This new engine produces the same power as the 2.5 (170 hp) and seven more pound-feet of torque (184 lb-ft), but its biggest advantage is its fuel economy. According to the EPA's fueleconomy.gov website, the 2014 Jetta's official numbers have climbed to 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway (with the five-speed manual), up from the 2013 model's 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway numbers. Likewise, the Passat's 2014 fuel economy numbers with this new base engine have improved from 22 city/32 highway with the manual to 24 city/35 highway; 2014 Jetta SportWagen and 2014 Beetle figures with this new engine have not been posted yet.

Other big changes coming to the 2014 Jetta include electric power steering for all models as well as the torsion beam real axle being replaced with the more sophisticated multilink suspension currently only found in the GLI and Hybrid variants. Speaking of the GLI, a new 30th Anniversary edition will be joining the lineup later in the year.

In terms of other VW 2014 model year news, the Golf and GTI will only be offered in limited numbers and in four-door configurations only as VW prepares to launch the all-new Mk VII Golf, the Beetle Turbo has been renamed the Beetle R-Line and the promised new GSR model has arrived, and VW will introduce its new VW Car-Net connected services. Scroll down for the full press release breaking down all of the changes in store for VW's 2014 model year.

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