Ditching the current PQ35 platform, the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta will use the brand’s modular MQB architecture.
The 2018 VW Jetta could be offered with a new 1.5L and 2.0L TSI petrol engine in select global markets.
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Jetta is all set to have its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The automotive event is scheduled to happen in January 2018. While the global unveiling of the new Volkswagen Jetta 2018 is around a month away, the company has released the first teaser picture of the car revealing its more pronounced grille.
Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has confirmed that the new Jetta will carry a “super modern” and “emotional” design with couple-like styling. The new Volkswagen Jetta 2018 was spotted undisguised at the company’s Puebla facility in Mexico in August, 2017. The spotted model was the left-hand-drive version. And as per some reports Volkswagen isn’t planning its right-hand-drive version, so we may not see it in India as well. Globally, this executive sedan had entered into sixth generation in 2011.
Unlike the previous generation that is based on PQ35 platform, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2018 will use the brand’s modular MQB architecture. This platform has also been used for the Tiguan SUV. It might make the car lighter and stiffer than before. Furthermore, there will be more cabin space thanks to its longer wheelbase. The upcoming new-generation Polo hatchback and Virtus sedan will also be based on the same architecture.
The leaked images reveal that the new Volkswagen Jetta 2018 will be more premium and sportier than the current model. It carries VW’s new design language that we have already seen on the Arteon four-door coupe saloon that was previewed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. You will notice significant updates on the front fascia of the car including a new hexagonal grille, neatly designed headlamps, bumper with multi-slat design, triangular-shaped fog lamps and clamshell bonnet with muscular creases.
The side profile appears slightly longer than the current model. Save for a strong character line running across its length, it looks largely identical to the existing generation. The wrap-around tail lamps with LED elements will be reserved for the high-spec trim. The dual-tone rear bumper with small faux diffuser and dual exhaust tips add more to its sporty rear appearance. Check Out – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India
As far as engine is concerned, the new Volkswagen Jetta 2018 is likely to share its powertrains with the Tiguan. In select global markets, the executive saloon could be offered with a new 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine. Volkswagen might also introduce a 2.0-litre TSI petrol motor with multiple states of tune on the carline. Though, this gasoline unit will be reserved for the range topping models.
In India, Volkswagen Jetta received a generation change in August 2011, followed by a facelift in February 2015. The German carmaker sold 398 units of the saloon from August 2016 to August 2017. Currently, the Jetta 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).
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