VW Jetta Gets Bigger, More Conservative
Volkswagen’s made the sixth-generation Jetta longer, leaner and cheaper than its predecessor and, for the first time, it isn’t a Golf with a trunk.
The 2011 Jetta ditches the wildly prolific Golf platform for its own architecture, which VW calls the New Compact Sedan. It’s handsome enough in a conservative German kind of way and more chiseled, but it’s really staid. The styling riffs on the New Compact Coupe concept car yet lacks the concept’s aggression. The result is a car that looks like a 7/8 scale CC and is essentially the same size as the Toyota Camry.
Choose one of four engines. The list starts with a 104-horsepower 1.2-liter gasoline mill. Then there’s a 121-horsepower 1.4-liter, the top o’ the line 200-horsepower 2.0-liter and our favorite, a 2.0-liter TDI diesel. The oilburner produces 138 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque. The diesel and biggest gas engines are available with a six-speed DSG. Look for a hybrid in 2012.
There’s no mention of a wagon or 4Motion version in any of VW’s press material.
Starting price is around $16,000, which makes the new Jetta a bit cheaper than the current Jetta, which starts at $17,735. VW sells about 110,000 Jettas a year in the United States and sees the 2011 model as a centerpiece in its campaign to triple U.S. vehicle sales to 800,000 by 2018. That is a key part of VW’s plan to become the world’s largest automaker within eight years.
“Today marks a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta,” Stefan Jacoby, CEO of VW Group of America, said in a statement, adding that the car “is a class-up driving experience” and “sophisticated” and… yada yada yada.
UPDATED 2:15 p.m. with additional info and photos from VW.
Photos: Volkswagen. More after the jump.
If Walter de’Silva designed the Toyota Camry, it would look like this.
Because the 2011 Jetta is 3.5 inches longer than the 2010 model, there’s more interior room. VW promises “best in class” rear leg room.
For the sake of comparison, this is the 2010 Jetta.