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VW's Jetta is getting a down-sized engine for 2016.

Volkswagen has confirmed that its 2016 Jetta range will adopt the company's latest EA211 turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine. The Jetta 1.4L should arrive in dealer showrooms by year's end.

The new direct-injection TSI engine will replace the 2.0L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine used in the outgoing Jetta S model. The 1.4L will also replace the 1.8T TSI engine currently used in the Jetta SE.

The 1.4L four-cylinder is rated at 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The latter comes on at a low 1,400rpm. The 1.4L Jetta will be available with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

According to VW, the Jetta 1.4T TSI will be capable of hitting 39mpg on the highway when mated to the six-speed auto. That represents a 7 percent improvement over the 1.8T and a 13 percent improvement over the 2.0L.

"We are delighted that so many Volkswagen customers are now able to benefit from the performance and fuel-efficiency of our turbocharged and direct-injection engines, whether they choose TDI or TSI technology," Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, said. "Volkswagen leads the industry with implementation of these engines in North America and we are excited that we are furthering our leadership with the introduction of the latest-generation EA211 engine in the Jetta."

Pricing for the 2016 VW Jetta will be announced closer to the sedan's market launch.