Volkswagen takes wraps off new Jetta
In contrast to the US specification Jetta unveiled earlier this year, all new Jetta models in Europe feature a four-link suspension system similar to that fitted to the Golf. This differs from the setup of the outgoing model, with the new Jetta featuring a wider track at the rear as well as revised springs and dampers.
The new-generation model is also larger than the outgoing version – it's 90mm longer at 4,644 mm with its wheelbase extended by 70 mm to 2,648 mm. The result is a 67mm increase in rear legroom.
Based on the NCC concept shown at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the new Jetta also features revised styling in line with the new look already shown on the Polo, Passat and Sharan. Inside, styling changes bring the model in line with the Golf, with a new centre console, entertainment and climate control systems and steering wheel design among the updates.
Engines available include a pair of 1.4-litre TSI engines, developing 122PS and 160PS, and two diesel engines with a 1.6-litre TDI 105PS and a 2.0-litre TDI developing 140PS. The 1.6-litre TDI unit will feature BlueMotion Technology modifications including Stop/Start and battery regeneration.
Sales of the new Jetta will start from early 2011, with prices and specifications being announced nearer this time.