Volkswagen has said that within the next four years, the company’s entire lineup will be turbocharged. VW will be the first major car company with only forced induction engines available on its cars.
Turbocharged engines, like the 2.0-liter TSI in the 2013 VW GTI, will be the standard in all VW products in the near future.
“You have to have a turbo these days,” Mark Trahan, VW’s executive vice president for group quality, told The Detroit News. “We only have one normally aspirated gas engine, and when we go to the next generation vehicle that it’s in, it will be replaced. So three, four years maximum.”
Volkswagen actually has two naturally aspirated engines, the 3.6-liter V6 in the Touareg and Passat and the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine found in the Passat. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder will be easy to replace with the turbocharged four-cylinder already used in the Jetta and Golf, so Volkswagen’s only work to do before their entire lineup will be turbocharged will be replacing the 3.6-liter 280-horsepower V6, which shouldn’t be hard to do.