Targets for the new model are better economy — both through significantly more efficient powertrains and lighter overall weight — plus the incorporation of a third row of child seats.
Volkswagen wants to be known as the downsized engine specialist. In Europe, it has made double-digit economy gains by replacing many of its 1.8 and 2.0-liter engines with direct-gasoline-injection forced-induction 1.4s — including one with both a turbocharger and a supercharger. The V-8 will be replaced with a supercharged V-6 making 290 horsepower and 310 pound-feet from just 3.0-liters, coupled to an eight-speed automatic. The VR6 engine dies.
Source: Motor Trend