Volkswagen has finally taken the wraps off the new generation Jetta at the North American International Auto Show. The Jetta is one of the Volkswagen's most successful sedans, with more than 17 million models sold worldwide since it was introduced in 1979. Based on the MQB platform, the 2019 Jetta offers bolder design, more interior space than the outgoing model and new technology. Despite the additional premium features and technology, the all-new 2019 Jetta pricing starts at $18,545 ( ₹ 11.76 lakh), less than the outgoing base model.
Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO, North American Region, Volkswagen said, "The Jetta has long been Volkswagen's best-selling vehicle in the United States and we expect that this all-new car will continue to resonate with buyers in the compact sedan class. With its combination of great technology, fuel-efficient drivetrains, sporty styling, upscale interior and amenities, and fun-to-drive nature, we expect that the Jetta will make a huge splash in the compact sedan market when it goes on sale."
The Jetta is based on Volkswagen's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. Compared with the current car, the new Jetta offers a longer wheelbase- 2684 mm compared to 2651mm - with shorter overhangs, and is longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model. The increased exterior proportions add up to more interior space than the previous car as well. Outside, the all-new Jetta combines large front grille and sharper lines, while the addition of more chrome and standard LED lighting lend a premium feel. A fast-sloping roof line creates a sportier, coupe-like profile without compromising the usability of the rear seat.
Inside, the Jetta's fully redesigned interior combine's high-tech features, such as, high quality soft-touch materials throughout and new trapezoidal design elements. The 2019 Jetta sports new fabric colors and designs for the seats and door trim as well as optional 10-color customizable wrap-around ambient lighting. The new Jetta will also offer heated and ventilated front seats, power driver's seat with memory functionality, leather seating surfaces, and dual-zone Climatronic automatic climate control.
The new Jetta will continue to be powered by Volkswagen's 1.4-litre turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine, making 144 bhp and 249 NM of torque, the highest in the compact sedan class. The power is taken to the front wheels via a new standard 6-Speed manual transmission, with an 8-Speed automatic transmission optional on the base model and standard on higher trims. Automatic transmission models come standard with a Start/Stop system designed to improve fuel efficiency.