The new 2011 Jetta received its international unveiling in Times Square, New York. The car is a best-seller for Volkswagen of America, which is also the biggest market for the 'Golf with a boot'.
Drawing inspiration from the New Compact Coupe (NCC) concept car, which debuted at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the new Jetta was styled under the leadership of Klaus Bischoff, head of design for the Volkswagen brand. While it's closely related to the current Mk6 Golf, the Jetta features many unique panels and design elements. It's also said to mark the latest evolution of the new Volkswagen design language.
An all-new dashboard features subtle aluminum highlights ahead of a leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel. Every Jetta sold in Europe will feature an integrated multifunction display, air conditioning and a CD stereo system. Available as an option will be touchscreen satellite navigation.
As with the outgoing Jetta, the new car mixes the practicality of being able to seat five adults with a large, 510 liter load space, and a comprehensive range of standard safety features including six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP).
The overall length of the Jetta has grown by 90mm, lengthening both the wheelbase and rear legroom. Powering the new Jetta in Europe will be a range of advanced petrol and diesel forced-induction engines. New to the Jetta is the 1.2-liter TSI engine producing 105hp, while the twincharged 1.4-liter TSI 160hp engine mixes performance and economy is added to the range. The 1.4-liter TSI 122hp and 2.0-liter TSI 200hp continue unchanged.
Diesel options consist of a 1.6-liter TDI 105hp and a 2.0-liter TDI 140hp engine. BlueMotion Technology modifications including a Start/Stop features and battery regeneration will be made available with both the 1.2-liter TSI and the 1.6-liter TDI engines.
The changes allow the 1.2-liter TSI version to achieve 44.3mpg (US) on the combined cycle while emitting 123g/km of CO2. The 1.6-liter TDI variant is capable of returning 56.6mpg and emits just 109g/km of carbon dioxide. The original Jetta was launched in Germany in 1979 with over 9.6 million vehicles sold since then.
Sustained popularity in the US market has led the Jetta to become the biggest selling German sedan in North America, where it accounts for 110,000 sales every year. Sales of the new Jetta in Europe will commence in early 2011, with prices and final specifications being announced nearer the time.