2019 VW Jetta debuts at 2018 Detroit Auto Show
The Jetta had been a very successful product in the VW portfolio ever since it was first launched in 1979, even if it’s not particularly common on GCC streets. In the U.S. alone, VW managed to sell 3.2 million Jettas in this time period. Now, at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show, the sedan walked into its 7th generation with sleeker styling, a new platform and a completely overhauled interior.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has grown a bit from the outgoing model, registering a 33mm increase in the wheelbase. This is due to the new MQB platform from VW on which the 2019 Jetta is built on. The Jetta also shares it with the Audi A3 and the VW Golf. The styling of the 2019 Jetta has an air of the Arteon and other VW concepts. The fascia is much sharper than before with the LED headlamps neatly connected to the chrome grill. The rear takes some inspiration from the new Skoda Superb, especially for the tail lamps.
The interior underwent a total makeover for the 7th generation. Sharper lines are seen on all panels that are also lined mostly with soft-touch materials. There are several options on offer for the seat fabric and design. The cabin can also be equipped with 10-color ambient mood lighting. The Jetta’s highest trims, SEL and SEL Premium, come with a Digital Cockpit Display, which offers a personalised display for the driver. There are several safety features as well, including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
The same 1.4-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine with direct injection will continue to do duty in the 2019 Jetta albeit with less power than the current model. The new one produces only 147 hp and 249 Nm as opposed to 150 hp and 249 Nm in the current model. But a faster and more powerful GLI version is on the way. There is a new six-speed manual transmission on base models. An eight-speed automatic is available as an option on lower trims and as standard on higher trims.
The 2019 VW Jetta range will hit UAE, KSA and other GCC showrooms by early 2019.