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Volkswagen's 2008 Changes
June 21, 2007

Volkswagen's 2008 Changes
The 2008 Volkswagen Eos gets new alloy wheels. Click on images for larger views.

The biggest changes for VW's 2008 model line are more power for the Rabbit and Jetta five-cylinder, new trim levels and a thoroughly redesigned Touareg.

The Rabbit and Jetta's inline five-cylinder will get a power bump from 150 to 170 horsepower. Trim levels for these cars will be called S, SE and SEL, the Rabbit being available only as an S. The GTI and Jetta GLI's top-level trim will be called Autobahn.

The Eos convertible and Passat will come in Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6.

Surely a welcome change by GTI enthusiasts is another drop in ride height (by 0.6 of an inch) — for the second year in a row — for a more sporting appearance and more nimble handling.

Other 2008 highlights follow below.

Tire-pressure monitoring will be standard.

Volkswagen's 2008 Changes
Now riding lower, the 2008 GTI hatchback
GTI And Jetta GLI
Sirius satellite radio will be standard on the GTI. For both models, Reflex Silver will be special-order and Climatronic will be gone.

The 200-horse 2.0T turbo engine will be available exclusively in the GLI sport model. Leather seating, Climatronic and HomeLink will all be history, likely to lower the price of Volkswagen's best seller. A premium 250-watt sound system with amplifier will be optional on the SE. For colors, Laser Blue will replace Shadow Blue, and Wheat Beige will be gone.

Volkswagen's hard-top convertible will get two new alloy-wheel designs, a 17-incher for the Lux trim (photo up above) and an 18-incher for the VR6. Now standard will be a windblocker, power 12-way driver's seat, center sliding armrest, and leather steering wheel, shift knob and parking-brake handle. A winter-starting assist mode will be standard on the VR6. Wheat Beige will no longer be available.

New Beetle
The New Beetle will have new trim lines, called S and SE, plus new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. Tire-pressure monitoring will be standard. No longer available will be leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, foglights, front floor mats, Shadow blue paint, Laser Blue paint with gray interior, Platinum Gray and Reflex Silver paint on the convertible, and Black paint with cream roof on the convertible.

Volkswagen's 2008 Changes
The 2008 Passat wagon with new alloy wheels
New 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels will also find their ways under the Passat's fenders. Now standard will be a power 12-way driver's seat, and leather steering wheel and shift knob. The sedan will get standard manual side and rear sun shades, the wagon only side sun shades. Steerable bi-xenon headlights will be standard, adaptive cruise control optional, on the VR6. The VR6 wagon will come standard with 4Motion all-wheel drive. Gone colors will be Shadow Blue paint, Wheat Beige paint for wagon, Pure Beige leather comfort seats and gray leather.

Volkswagen's big luxury SUV has been extensively revamped for the 2008 model year. Check out our news story Touareg Gets Facelift as well as our photo gallery "Touareg Photos." Standard features will include a power cargo lid, tire-pressure monitoring, electronic parking assistance and Sirius satellite radio. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels will be standard on the V8 and V10 TDI models, and optional on the VR6. New paint colors will include White Gold, Galapagos, Alaska Gray and Cranberry.

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