By on May 25, 2017

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan - Image: Volkswagen

Complete with an alternate Miller Cycle that Volkswagen is calling the “Budack Cycle,” the German automaker has evolved its ubiquitous EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for installation in the second-generation 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

Horsepower? For a 2.0T, it’s rather unimpressive at only 184 ponies. But Volkswagen isn’t caught up in horsepower per liter figures. Instead, Volkswagen’s own introduction of this “Budack Cycle” 2.0T makes the company’s existing 1.8T — currently on duty in four product lines — sound downright ineffective.

Naturally then, Volkswagen won’t reserve the Budack Cycle EA888 2.0T solely for the 2018 Tiguan. According to Volkswagen of America communications manager Mark Gillies, “It will eventually supersede the 1.8T in the Passat and Beetle.” 

From this we learn two things.

First, the EA888 Gen3B 184-horsepower 2.0T isn’t bound for the Golf and Jetta, the latter of which is due for replacement next year. Second, the existing Beetle that is oft rumored to be dead will clearly live — at least long enough — to see the installation of a new engine.

As for the EA888 Gen3B powerplant that will first appear in the Tiguan, it’s no powerhouse compared to the 2.0T in, say, the Volkswagen Golf R. There, Volkswagen’s 2.0T produces 292 horsepower.

Volkswagen EA888 Gen3B - Image: Volkswagen

But again, it’s not the displacement that matters as much to Volkswagen as the comparison with the 1.8T and the old Tiguan’s premium fuel-swilling 2.0T. Prior to official numbers being made available by the EPA, Volkswagen says the new 2.0T will consume less fuel than the 1.8T while producing 21 percent more torque: 221 lb-ft, 14 more than the old Tiguan’s old 2.0T.

Volkswagen says the additional torque is produced because this new 2.0T “closes the intake valves much earlier.” Along with prolonging combustion, this means “faster air flow for the incoming gases, which improves the mixing of the fuel and air.”

While the 2.0T produces only 14 more horsepower than the existing 1.8T, the peak pony output arrives at 4,400 rpm rather than 4,800. All 221 lb-ft of torque are accessible at a low 1,600 rpm.

At least for 2018, the new Tiguan’s powerplant offerings will be limited to the 184-horsepower 2.0T. Keep in mind, the two best-selling utility vehicles in its segment — Rogue and CR-V — don’t offer hi-po engine upgrades, either.

Timothy Cain is the founder of and a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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16 Comments on “Another New Volkswagen 2.0T Debuts in 2018 Tiguan, Prepares to Replace 1.8T in Passat and Beetle...”

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Is developing a whole new engine really better than just taking the existing 2.0T out of the GTI and A4 and all those other cars and detuning it for regular fuel? Can’t imagine it’s cheap or easy to support several different 2.0T engines.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s not really a whole new engine.

      Maybe VW plans on replacing the other 2.0Ts with a tuned-up version of this “Budack-cycle” engine…?

    • 0 avatar

      It sounds like that’s what they did.

    • 0 avatar

      The GTI motor already runs just fine and is spec’d for regular 87 octane gas. It just doesn’t make the full 210/220hp unless you do use premium. I believe the 292hp version does mandate at least 91.

      I will be interested to see what the real-world fuel economy of this “new” one is, because the 220hp version in my GTI never gets less than 30mpg, and 35mpg on a trip is easy.

  • avatar

    Wow… Tim is on a roll today with 3 articles of which 2 are about VW.
    What are the odds? I understand your proposal to bury the hatchet regarding the diesel scandal, but let everybody do it on their own time.
    Just saying…

  • avatar

    So it behaves like a diesel and runs on 87.

    A lot like their current 1.4t (rated at 150 hp and 184 ft-lbs).

  • avatar

    If this is anything like the 1.8T, I will welcome it with open arms. For this kind of duty detuned EA888s are phenomenal. I’m more convinced of them in these end uses than the GTI/Golf R to be honest.

  • avatar

    So who’s Budak, and what kind of cycle does he ride? Inquiring minds want to know, and I bet your press packet has some details.

    This sounds like good news, on the face of it. As owner of two 2.0 TSIs, I’m ready to trade HP away for more torque and efficiency. I can only hope — no, I would have to have more actual faith than I do right now, following a $3k rear main seal/flywheel/ oil leaks repair — that this will be a reliable engine four or five years out. My TSI was supposed to fix the ills of the FSI, but not quite…

    • 0 avatar

      @Wheatridger – yeah, we bought that “this version totally fixed all those bad problems from the previous version” bullshit from VW salesmen a couple of times too..

  • avatar

    “it’s not the displacement that matters as much to Volkswagen as the comparison with the 1.8T and the old Tiguan’s premium fuel-swilling 2.0T”

    Does this mean that this new 184 hp rated 2.0T is recommended to run on 87 octane “regular” fuel instead of the 91 that VW currently recommends on the fielded engines? That’s an important distinction.

  • avatar

    Isnt this just the same 2.0t as the a4 ultra?

  • avatar

    “Prior to official numbers being made available by the EPA, Volkswagen says the new 2.0T will consume less fuel than the 1.8T while producing 21 percent more torque: 221 lb-ft, 14 more than the old Tiguan’s old 2.0T.”

    This sentence gave me a headache – the 21% more torque is in comparison to the 1.8T 185 lb-ft.

    I wonder what this means for the engine choices in the golf and Jetta? 1.4T for both? Keeping the old 1.8T?

    • 0 avatar

      My guess is the Golf sticks with the 1.8T then eventually when its replaced it gets the 1.4T for non-GTI/R versions (if there is a non-GTI/R version in the future. Who knows with the upcoming T-Roc). No 1.8T or this engine, if want more power will have to upgrade to GTI. The Golf in the US doesn’t move enough volume to be worth having multiple engines in the non-GTI.

      Next Jetta probably sticks with 1.4T as base, eventually gets this engine as an upgrade although maybe not at launch.

    • 0 avatar

      Probably the new 1.5T that just came out in the 2018 Golf in Europe.

  • avatar

    So, all you need to do to wake this engine up is a cam with more intake duration and a tune?

  • avatar

    Seems like this engine would pretty much moot the point of the TDIs even if they weren’t gone for other reasons.

    221 lb-ft from 1600 RPM, great efficiency, etc.

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