Volkswagen Going Turbo-only Within Four Years: Report Photo:
Trevor Collett | Sep, 20 2013 | 8 Comments

Volkswagen is set to turbocharge every model within three to four years, according to reports this week.

Speaking with The Detroit News, Mark Trahan from Volkswagen US said that the carmaker will replace its remaining naturally-aspirated engines with turbocharged units as the brand's models are refreshed.

The German carmaker currently offers just three naturally aspirated engines in its US line-up: a 2.0 litre four-cylinder, a 2.5 litre five-cylinder and a 3.6 litre V6 engine, all petrol-powered.

“You have to have a turbo these days,” Mr Trahan said.

“We only have one normally aspirated gas engine, and when we go to the next generation vehicles that it’s in, it will be replaced. So three, four years maximum.”

Mr Trahan is believed to be referring to the 2.5 litre unit, currently available in the US-market Golf, Jetta SportWagen (Golf wagon in Australia), Passat and Beetle.

It should be noted, however, that the 3.6 litre V6 is still available in the Passat, CC and Touareg, while the 2.0 litre unit is still the entry-level engine listed for the Jetta.

Trahan's comments reflect the general direction of the industry, and echo comments from Ford vice-president Joe Bakaj earlier this week, saying that ‘conventional’ engines will soon disappear from Ford’s line-up.

While the US will be turbo-only soon for Volkswagen, it’s unclear what the carmaker’s plans are for the rest of the world, including Australia.

One key difference between the US market and Australia is the sub-light Up hatch, which is currently equipped with a frugal 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine.

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