Volkswagen India is busy preparing for the Vento’s launch, the car based on the Polo platform due next month. Meanwhile, we have good news from the other side of the globe. There was this jazzy ceremony at the Times Square in New York yesterday. Wonder what was happening? Volkswagen unveiled its all-new jazzy Jetta sedan at the ceremony.
Based on the sixth generation Golf platform, the Jetta has been a Volkswagen roaring success with over 9.6 million units of the previous five generations sold. So VW must have thought, how about another bestseller? The new car has been carved to be greater and bolder than before. Yes, the new Jetta no longer looks like Golf with a boot. The new model is no way related to the Golf. VW now wants everybody to believe that the Jetta is as independent a platform as say the Tiguan, sharing no components with the Golf.
This new model was first revealed as the NCC concept at the Detroit Motor Show. The all-new Jetta has grown longer with an overall length increase of 90 mm. The wheelbase has increased by 70 mm. There’s more room inside and this could well be a sarcastic message sent to rivals like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Skoda Laura and Chevrolet Cruze, ‘I am way more spacious than you’. The interior legroom too has increased by 67 mm taking overall legroom up to 967 mm with genuine five seater capability. So, ready to get lost in the huge space inside the new Jetta? Hold on! The car is currently available only in the U.S. and Europe. We would have to wait a while for the smart Jetta to come in. For now, let’s be happy that the Vento will soon be here.
As far as the exteriors are concerned, the ‘design DNA’ concept of group design chief Walter Da Silva and Klaus Bischoff focuses on making the car appear tauter. With the trapezoidal head lamps, a black radiator grille and splitters on the front bumper, the new Jetta is typically Volkswagen, yet has its own identity. Then there’s the strong waist line and knife cut wheel arches that are very different from the previous Jetta that was considered ‘boring’ by many. The tail lamps draw inspiration from the handcrafted luxury car, the VW Phaeton. Also, the alluring pinched lines have increased giving the car a more interesting look.
Six new engines are being offered on the Jetta in Europe. A 1.6-litre TDI with 105 bhp and 2.0-litre TDI with 140 bhp will be the core of the diesel array. Four new petrol engines – a 1.2-litre TSI motor with 105 bhp, a 1.4-litre TSI motor with 160 bhp, a 1.4 TSI with 122 bhp and 2.0-litre TSI with 200 bhp complete the range. Both the 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI feature Volkswagen’s Blue Motion technology while six-speed DSG will be available as an option with all engines, except the TSI. Manual gearboxes too come standard with these engines.
After the U.S. and Europe, let’s hope it is India’s turn to behold the new Jetta. The second quarter of 2011, may be that’s when it will arrive. Of course, it will be a bit expensive. The 2.0-litre TDI will be here for sure, don’t you think so? But will the fuel-sensitive turbo petrol motor set foot in India? Well, let’s wait and watch.