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Volkswagen 2004 Model Year Changes

Volkswagen has announced preliminary 2004 model year changes to their lineup. Highlights include three new models (R32, Touareg and Phaeton), a minor facelift for the Jetta, new TDI engine options and 4motion available with the 1.8T in the Passat.

Keep in mind the below information is subject to change and some items may be a delayed introduction or running change during MY 2004. Final specifications and pricing on the R32 and Phaeton will be released closer to the end of the year.

Volkswagen of America Press Release:

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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES 2004 CHANGE POINTS

(Drafted on June 19, 2003 — Subject to change)

2004 Golf GL and GLS/GTI 1.8 T and VR6

* New version of 1.9 TDI – 100 hp, 177 lb-ft. of torque with advanced unit-injector technology available on GL and GLS (preliminary figures; subject to change)

* New exterior color: Blue Anthracite optional on GL and GLS

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard on GTI 1.8T

* New style 17” alloy wheels optional on GTI 1.8T and standard on GTI VR6

* Telematics now optional on GL, GLS, GTI 1.8T and GTI VR 6

* Monsoon now standard on GLS

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

2004 R32 (new model)

* To be launched in first quarter 2004

* Volkswagen’s most aggressive and dynamic sports car to date; based on Golf/GTI model

* 3.2L VR6, 237 hp, 236 lb-ft engine with R32 badging

* 4MOTION standard

* 6-speed manual transmission

* Exterior colors:

o Deep Blue Pearl Effect

o Reflex Silver Metallic

o Tornado Red

o Black Magic Pear Effect

* 18” alloy wheels

* Blue 4-piston caliper brakes

* Fully independent multi-link rear suspension, front and rear stiffened sway bars

* True dual exhaust

* Glass sunroof

* Rear hatch spoiler, front and rear valance, side skirts

* High performance sport seats with R32 badging

* Special R32-badged alloy pedals

* Brushed metal interior accents

* R32 badging on front grill and left rear

* R32 door sill markings

* R32 floor mats

* 3-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with R32 badging

2004 Jetta GL, GLS and GLI (updated looks)

* GLX no longer available

* New 1.9 TDI – 100 hp, 177 lb-ft. of torque with advanced unit-injector technology available on GL and GLS (preliminary figures; subject to change)

* PZEV/BIN5 USA (2.0L engine) optional on GL and GLS

* New exterior colors:

o Red Spice replacing Tornado Red on GL and GLS

o Wheat Beige replacing Mojave Beige on GL and GLS

* New interior velour on GLS later in model year

* New style 17” alloy wheel standard on GLI

* Telematics now optional on GL, GLS and GLI

* Monsoon now standard on GLS

* Cold Weather Package now standard on GLI

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

* New chrome front grill and bumpers

* Aluminum side body moldings

* Rings at instrument cluster painted in aluminum

* Redesigned trunk lid edge for sportier profile

* Redesigned taillights

2004 Jetta Wagon GL and GLS

* New 1.9 TDI – 100 hp, 177 lb-ft. of torque with advanced unit-injector technology available on GL and GLS (preliminary figures; subject to change)

* New exterior colors:

o Red Spice replacing Tornado Red

o Wheat Beige replacing Mojave Beige

o Shadow Blue replacing Indigo Blue

o Blue Graphite replacing Baltic Green

* Telematics now optional on GL and GLS

* Monsoon now standard on GLS

* New instrument cluster available later in model year

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

* Chrome front grill

2004 New Beetle GL, GLS and Turbo S

* GLX no longer available

* New 1.9 TDI – 100 hp, 177 lb-ft. of torque with advanced unit-injector technology available on GL and GLS (preliminary figures; subject to change)

* New style 16” steel wheels standard on GL

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard on 2.0L and TDI GLS

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard with 1.8T engine

* New style 17” alloy wheels optional on GLS

* New style 17” alloy wheels standard on Turbo S later in model year

* Telematics optional on GL, GLS and Turbo S

* Monsoon now also standard on GLS

* In-dash single CD AM/FM radio (MP3 format capable) available later in model year

* Advanced airbags with dual-stage deployment and advanced sensors later in model year

* Head thorax airbag

* Active safety head rests for front seats

* GDL headlights optional on GLS

* Fixed spoiler replacing powered spoiler standard on Turbo S later in model year

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

2004 New Beetle Convertible GL and GLS

* GLX no longer available

* New color combinations

o For Aquarius – black roof with gray interior

o For Sundown Orange – black roof with cream interior

* New exterior colors:

o Uni-Red (black roof with black and cream interiors)

o Cyber Green (black roof with black and cream interiors)

o Platinum Gray ( black roof with black and gray interiors)

* Gray and cream roof combination optional on GL and GLS

* New style 16” steel wheels standard on GL

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard on GLS

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard with 1.8T engine, optional on GLS

* New style 17” alloy wheels optional on GLS

* Monsoon now also standard on GLS

* In-dash single CD AM/FM radio (MP3 format capable) available later in model year

* Advanced airbags with dual-stage deployment and advanced sensors

* Head thorax airbag

* Active safety head rests for front seats

* GDL headlights optional on GLS

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

2004 Passat Sedan and Wagon GL, GLS, GLX and W8

* New 2.0L TDI – 134 hp, 247 lb-ft of torque with advanced unit-injector technology available later in model year (preliminary figures; subject to change)

* 4MOTION also available as option on 1.8T GLS later in model year

* New exterior colors later in model year:

o Wheat Beige replacing Mojave Beige

o Stonehenge Gray replacing Fresco Green

o Samoa replacing Colorado Red

o Shadow Blue replacing Indigo Blue

o Blue Graphite replacing Blue Anthracite

o Northern Green replacing Pine Green

* New interior colors later in model year:

o Pure Beige replacing Sonnenbeige

o Anthracite replacing Black

* Wood trim available as an option with Leather Package on GLS later in model year

* New velour standard on GL and GLS later in model year

* New leatherette (Black, Beige, Gray) optional on GL and GLS later in model year

* New style 15” steel wheels standard on GL

* New style 15” alloy wheels standard on GLS

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard on GLX

* New style 16” alloy wheels standard on W8

* ESP now also standard on GLX

* Telematics optional on GL and GLS, standard on GLX and W8

* Homelink now also standard on GLS

* Monsoon now also standard on GLS

* New seatbelt reminder and fuel cap seal warning

* Side mirrors with integrated blinker later in model year

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2004 Touareg (new model)

* 3.2l VR6, 220hp, 225 lb-ft torque engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic and low-range transfer case

* 4.2l V8, 310hp, 302 lb-ft torque engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic and low-range transfer case

* 4XMOTION all-wheel-drive system

* 4-corner air suspension system (optional)

* Electronic locking center differential

* Electronic locking rear differential (optional)

* Hill Decent Control

* Hill Rollback Control

* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

* Dual-zone Climatronic

* Multi-function leather wrapped steering wheel

* Automatic rain-sensor window wiper system

* Alloy wheels

* Tire pressure monitoring system

* Power glass sunroof

* Wood trim

* Eight-way adjustable leatherette seating (Leather optional)

* Navigation system (optional)

* Xenon headlamps (optional)

* and more…

2004 Phaeton (new model)

* 4.2L V8, 330 hp, 317 lb-ft torque engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic

* 6.0L W12, 414 hp, 550 lb-ft torque engine, 5-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic

* 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system

* 4-corner air suspension with electronic damping control

* Long, 118-inch wheel base

* Telematics

* Navigation system

* 7-inch color multifunction display

* 10-speaker sounds system with 6 CD changer (mounted in glovebox) standard on V8

* High-end 12-speaker sound system with digital sound processing standard on W12

* Four-zone air conditioning, climatronic

* Homelink

* Sunroof

* Wood Décor

* Power seats

* Front seats with dual belt retractors and tensioners standard on W12

* Multifunctional steering wheel

* Rear power sunshade

* Side manual sunshades

* Stainless steel pedals

* Infrared reflective glass standard on W12

* Xenon headlights, automatic headlights with coming home function

* Dual visible exhaust pipes on V8 and four visible pipes on W12

* Eight airbags

* ABS, ELD, ESP, ASR, EBC

* Much more to come


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