Volkswagen V6 Passat discontinued for 2019
For many of us, a V6 still means power. It’s bigger and more robust, which is why it’s often seen as an upgrade over a 4-cylinder. Engineering advancements have made turbocharged engines much more competitive, with them found not only in compact cars, but even in crossovers. Recently, it has been indicated that the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen Passat will have the V6 discontinued as an option. Considering it wasn’t offered on any but the top trims, this isn’t surprising, though it may be missed.
Why discontinue the V6?
Volkswagen has set a clear goal to provide efficient and clean vehicles, with future electric vehicle concepts coming out seemingly every few months. The V6 doesn’t quite fit into this vision of the future. On top of this, the V6 engine is only available in the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
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It seems certain that the engine won’t be present for the Passat, but that brings up whether or not it will be for the Atlas. Currently, this engine is the primary option for the Atlas. Aside from the base trim, the S, most of the Atlas trim levels come with a V6. If it’s the only vehicle with it, though, is there any reason for VW to continue to manufacture it?
Looking ahead to the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, which has a 268-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, it may be that the Atlas will be tuned to produce more from the 2.0-liter option and the V6 could be discontinued. For reference, the V6 in the Atlas produces 276 horsepower while the current 4-cylinder produces 235 horsepower.
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