Next generation Volkswagen Jetta teased before Detroit reveal

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The Volkswagen Jetta is a staple for the makers of the “People’s Car.” The present 6th generation model has arisen to show its age, however, so it’s no surprise that Volkswagen just teased the all-new next-generation Jetta in a short video. Due for a reveal at Detroit next year and set to launch as a 2019 model-year car, the next-gen edition will feature a completely new design, both inside and out, evolving the Jetta into its 7th generation. Rumors suggest the new Jetta will get a more “coupe-like” design. This leaves us anticipating a lower and stretched roofline like the one found on the new VW Arteon, the original Passat CC’s latest spare. The teaser provides hints of the front and side of the MQB-based Jetta, suggesting a new face with a more prominent grille. The overall design of the new sedan is similar to the Jetta that was spied in October this year.

Following confirmation from Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken, the teaser that was posted reasserted that the 2019 Jetta will appear in Detroit on January 18, 2018. He had also stated that the new car will be “super contemporary” and have an “emotional” design with coupe-like styling. While engine and transmission details have yet to be confirmed, the 2019 Jetta is expected to share its powertrain with the VW Tiguan SUV, including a new 1.5-litre turbo-petrol motor, a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in various states of tune, and also a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The Jetta on sale today is built on a platform that dates back to 2010, and it will be eight years old next year, so it’s definitely due for a replacement. Volkswagen essentially started from scratch to create the current MQB platform. It launched in 2012 and presently pins a wide variety of models in Volkswagen’s portfolio. It features a transverse-mounted front-engine placement and front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional).

It serves cars such as the present Audi TT, to the Volkswagen Atlas crossover SUV. In fact, Volkswagen’s current lineup pretty much relies entirely on the MQB platform. So the story will be the same for the upcoming Jetta.
In India, VW had launched the PQ35 platform-based 6th-gen model in 2011 and had introduced a facelift in early 2015. The older Jetta has been recently discontinued in the country and as we had reported earlier, the seventh-gen model is unlikely to come to India as VW is not expected to produce the sedan for right-hand-drive markets like South Africa, India and the UK.