The next-generation Volkswagen Jetta will make its official debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show next year in January as confirmed by Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken. Ahead of its reveling, the images of the 2018 Jetta has been leaked by autoblog.com.ar. The company has not yet confirmed the details about the car, but the upcoming 2018 Volkswagen Jetta will be based on the company’s modular MQB platform and not on the current model’s PQ35. The MQB platform also supports other Volkswagen Group’s model like the Passat, Tiguan and the Golf. The platform probable help the car to shed some weight, stiffer and is expected to have a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model. With the upsurge in wheelbase, it will further make more space inside the cabin, particularly at the back. The new Jetta is expected to take its design cues from the Arteon four-door coupe and will feature multi-slat hexagonal front grille design as well as LED wrap-around tail lamps. The back of the car gets a dual-tone back bumper with faux diffuser and dual exhaust tips finished in black.
The2018 Volkswagen Jetta is expected to be powered by a new 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0 litre unit in different states of tune. This is the same engine that also powers the Tiguan in worldwide markets. The diesel versions are likely to get a 2.0 litre diesel engine. It is said that Volkswagen India, as of now, has no plans to launch the next-generation Jetta in the country, but when launched it is expected to get a new 1.5 litre petrol and a 2.0 litre engine.
Volkswagen had launched the sixth-gen Jetta in India in August 2011 and had brought in a facelift in February 2015 as a CKD. It is presently accessible with prices starting at Rs.16.89 lakh (on-road, Delhi), with a 122hp, 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol and a 140hp, 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel engine. Since the 2011 launch until August 2017, the model has sold a total of 14,917 units according to data from SIAM. Yet, the Jetta has only sold 398 units in the August 2016 to August 2017 period. In comparison, the Skoda Octavia sold 2,735 units, the Toyota Corolla Altis sold 4,410 units and the Hyundai Elantra sold 3,016 units during the same one-year period. We had formerly described that the new 7th generation Jetta is not probable to be produced for right-hand-drive markets like South Africa, India and the UK, which means that an India entry is unlikely.