Volkswagen of America has announced a series of changes to their 2014 lineup.

Volkswagen of America has announced a series of changes to their 2014 lineup.

First and foremost, the antiquated 2.5-liter five cylinder engine - that produces 170 bhp (127 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque - will be replaced by a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that develops 170 bhp (127 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It promises to deliver "significant highway fuel mileage gains over the 2.5-liter unit."

The company also announced plans to offer VW Car-Net connected services on the Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan. The OnStar-like service has a variety of safety features including stolen vehicle location assistance and crash notifications.

Other notable changes include the Routan being relegated to fleet status and the announcement that all US-spec Jettas will come equipped with a multilink rear suspension.

Lastly, Volkswagen announced the Beetle Convertible R-Line, Touareg R-Line and Tiguan R-Line will go on sale this fall.

Check out the press release for full details

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