Introduced in the middle of the 2001 model year, the Volkswagen Passat sports a number of design and mechanical improvements with a new front end as well as a revised gauge cluster appearance. In addition to the so-called 2001.5 model year enhancements, the Passat 2002 changes. A new W8 engine, five-speed automatic transmission and a Sport Package model are 2002 additions to the Volkswagen Passat. For 2002, a wagon version of the Volkswagen Jetta now provides an addition level of practicality to the model line. The Volkswagen New Beetle is granted a Turbo S model in 2002 that consists of a 180-horsepower engine connected to a six-speed manual transmission. A special limited edition Volkswagen GTI 337 is offered with a 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. Only 1,500 examples of the GTI 337 will be offered in the United States. The German auto company Volkswagen enters the 2001 model year by making some minor adjustments to their line-up spanning. The 150-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine has been added to the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and GTI. This engine came standard on the GTI and is optional with the Jetta GLS. The turbocharged Volkswagen Jetta GLS also offered an available sport suspension for a firmer performance-centric ride. Engine power for the 2001 Volkswagen EuroVan has received a noticeable bump in output as the van's six-cylinder powerplant now pumps out 201 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. A new GLX trim level added to the 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio adds luxury features such as leather seating and a power retractable top.
The 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle is a two-door compact car with retro-inspired styling and it is available with a four-cylinder and six-cylinder traditional gas engine, or a turbo diesel for great fuel economy.