Volkswagen revealed to The Car Connection that some versions of the 2019 Golf lineup will feature a new 1.4-liter turbo engine, the same used in the 2019 Jetta, in order to get more fuel efficiency despite losing some power on the way to 147 horsepower, down from the 170 hp in the current 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine.
According to the site, the front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 VW Golf, such as the hatchback and SportWagen station wagon, will get the 1.4-liter. Meanwhile, the all-wheel-drive 2019 Golfs, including the Golf Alltrack with its raised suspension and off-road traction control mode, will retain the 1.8-liter.
The automaker told The Car Connection that the smaller engines are part of a bid to boost the Golf lineup's fuel economy, but the new engine isn't the only effort in that direction. The Golf's standard manual transmission will an extra gear to become a 6-speed, while an optional 8-speed automatic will replace last year's 6-speed transmission.
Aside from the drivetrain changes, new features will be added. The base Golf S hatchback will include with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors as standard equipment, while the SE trim will add adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Golf SportWagens will lose last year's range-topping SEL trim level. The base S trim will be available with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors as an option for the first time. For the Golf Sportwagen SE, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control will be added to its roster of standard equipment.
Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors will be newly standard on the Golf Alltrack S, LED headlights will be optional on the Golf Alltrack SE, and a 6-speed manual will be newly optional on the Golf Alltrack SEL.
Most Golf versions for the U.S. market are built in the automaker’s assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico, except for the sporty trim level known as R-Line and the full-electric eGolf, which are sourced from Germany.
Production of all Golf variants will cease at the Mexican facility next year in order to be consolidated at the Wolfsburg plant in Germany, where production of the eighth generation of the hatchback is slated to begin in June 2019.