2011 Volkswagen Jetta. Image courtesy of AutoExpress.Enlarge Photo
The official U.S. unveiling happens tomorrow, but we've got an advance look at the next Volkswagen Jetta, thanks to AutoExpress.
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta won't be based on the Golf hatchback--it's moving to its own platform.
Taking a few design cues from the NCC Concept that Volkswagen showed in Detroit at the North American International Show in January--most notably, the new Jetta borrows the concept's shoulder line--the Jetta also gains in size. It's about 3.5 inches longer, which should allow for more interior space and rear legroom.
Engine choices in Europe will consist of a 1.2-liter four-cylinder that makes 104 horsepower, a 121-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder, and a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All gas engines in Europe have the company's TSI supercharger-turbocharger combination.
Diesel options will include a 104-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder and a 138-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
For the U.S., we'd expect only the 200-horsepower four and the 2.0-liter TDI to make it to our shores, and there's no guarantee that the gas engine will be TSI.
All European engines except the 1.2-liter will be available with Volkswagen's twin-clutch direct-shift gearbox (DSG). BlueMotion models available with the 1.2 and the 1.6 will have stop-start systems and regenerative braking. Volkswagen is projecting maximum fuel economy of 44 mpg for gasoline-powered cars and 69 mpg for diesels. Bear in mind that those are European figures.
Prices in the U.K. are expected to start around 17,000 British pounds, which is just under $25,000 as of today. Check back tomorrow for the full details of the American Jetta, which is set to be unveiled online in less than 24 hours.