June 10, 2003
Volkswagen adds two new diesel engines to Passat lineup in Europe
Wolfsburg, Germany – Volkswagen has added two new 2.5 litre V6 TDI (turbo diesel) engines to the Passat and Passat Wagon models available in Europe: one developing 163 horsepower, the other 180 horsepower. The top TDI models have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment – a driveline combination that brings with it compliance with the EU 4 exhaust emission limits.
In Germany, if a new Passat V6 TDI is registered in June 2003, it will be exempt from road tax until February 2005 – a saving of more than 640 Euros for owners.
The 163 horsepower version of the Passat accelerates to 100 km/h from a standstill in 9.3 seconds. Fuel consumption averages 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres. As an option, customers can order a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic (front-wheel drive). In both manual-gearbox and automatic form, this engine complies with the EU 4 exhaust emission standard and therefore qualifies for road-tax concessions where these are available.
The 180 horsepower six-cylinder TDI is one of the most powerful and refined direct-injection turbocharged engines in this power-output category. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.7 seconds. Fuel consumption averages 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.