2011 Volkswagen Jetta: Live Drive

July 21, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

We let you ride shotgun yesterday while we went for a first drive in the 2011 Kia Sportage. Tomorrow, High Gear Media is taking you along for another spin--this time in the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta.

VW is prepping the Jetta for a fall launch. The pitch this time will be in returning the Jetta to its compact roots. That's compact in price, mostly; the new Jetta's base price drops from about $18,000 to under $16,000. In other ways, the Jetta's actually growing up, with an overall length and wheelbase almost three inches longer than before.

VW hopes that combination will reset shoppers' expectations in a class that includes cars like the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla. At the same time, it's also laying some groundwork for a larger sedan that's being built in America, and coming next year from a new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With both cars, VW is hoping you'll see its cars as a blend of premium engineering and, once again, competitive pricing.

The new Jetta will come in a few flavors. There will be three engines offered in the U.S., including a 170-horsepower five-cylinder, a 140-hp turbodiesel TDI, and soon, a turbocharged 200-hp GLI model, too. A manual transmission will be standard, and VW's excellent dual-clutch gearbox will be offered on some models.There's a lot more coming on the Jetta--and you want to stay in touch. We're reporting live from VW's press conference tonight, and from our first drive tomorrow in San Francisco--and you can follow along here via Twitter and CoverItLive.

We'll be Tweeting news, pictures and anything else we can get from our Jetta interviews and test drive. Bookmark this page and follow along with us for the next 24 hours, or catch us on Twitter @CarConnection #Jetta:

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