– The new-generation Volkswagen Jetta is based on the brand’s MQB platform.
– It looks bolder, and offers a more spacious cabin than the outgoing model.
– The 2019 VW Jetta is longer, wider and taller than the current model.
– The sedan uses the same Volkswagen’s 144bhp, 1.4-litre turbocharged TSI engine.
In US, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be offered in four trim levels – S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta has finally made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Unlike the current generation that is based on the PQ35 platform, the seventh-generation Jetta uses Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. The new version also features bolder and a more spacious cabin along with a pack of new technology, thus making it more upmarket than the existing model. Despite the more premium looks and features, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s prices start at $18545 (around Rs 11.76 lakh). This makes it more affordable 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 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has witnessed significant dimensional changes. Sitting on 2,684mm of longer wheelbase, the sedan’s new model is longer, wider and taller than the current one. Though, the overhangs have been trimmed down. The grown proportions also result more cabin space for the front and rear seats occupants. Face of the car has been revised with large hexagonal grille, LED lighting, sharper lines and lots of chrome. What add more to its premium looks are the fast sloping roof line, LED taillights and dual exhaust tips.
Interior of the new VW Jetta is driver-oriented featuring a high-mounted infotainment system in the dashboard. The new trapezoidal design bits and top quality soft-touch materials add more to its premium feel and appeal. Volkswagen offers optional 10 colour wrap around ambient lighting on the sedan. The car gets newly designed door trim and seats with new fabric colours. The front seats of the sedan are heated and ventilated, and the driver’s seat is power adjustable and has memory function. The dual zone Climatronic automatic climate control enhances the comfort quotient of the car.
For safety purpose, the 2019 Jetta gets exclusive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control and a rear view camera.
Globally, the VW Jetta 2019 will continue to use the Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre turbocharged TSI engine boosted with direct injection technology. This motor delivers a peak power of 144bhp against a class-leading torque of 249Nm. While an 8-speed automatic transmission comes as standard on the higher trim, it’s optional on the base model. Interestingly, the Start/Stop system has been reserved for the automatic variants. A new 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on the entry-level variant.
In the American market, the 2019 Jetta will be offered in four trim levels – S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. The carmaker will also add the R-Line trim to the carline. However, Volkswagen might not launch the new-gen Jetta in the Indian market. The existing model of the sedan is likely to be on sale until its CKD kits finish. Currently, the saloon is available with two turbocharged engines – 122bhp, 1.4L petrol and a 140bhp, 2.0L diesel – priced between Rs 15.86 lakh – Rs 20.8 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).