The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is taking a page from small-size competitors with big ideas.
Volkswagen pulled the wraps off its newest Jetta sedan Sunday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The next-generation sedan is larger with more creature comforts, with a sharper style that more closely aligns it with the automaker’s European portfolio.
The Jetta’s beak has been honed to a sharper point, with available LED headlights that bookend the grille that we wouldn’t consider out of place on an Audi. The creased hood reaches back toward a roofline that arches closer to the rear trunk that does double duty as an on-trend coupe-like look, but also to open up the larger interior for more natural sunlight.
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Under the hood, the Jetta is motivated by a 1.4-liter turbo-4 that makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet mated to a 6-speed manual, or more often, an 8-speed automatic. The small-displacement turbo-4 and 8-speed auto may not sound thrilling on paper, but confirmation that VW is committed to a manual—especially in the GLI—should be hope for the future of small sedans.
Inside, the Jetta’s layout is decidedly German (read: straightforward) albeit with a tech twist. The standard touchscreen is complemented by an available digital cockpit display on SEL and SEL Premium trim levels. An R-Line version will appear with sporty touches and an electronic differential.
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Top trims of the Jetta get leather heated and cooled seats, advanced safety tech, and an available 400-watt BeatsAudio sound system.
VW says the Jetta is more than an inch longer than the outgoing model, but with shorter overhangs to push the wheels toward the corners for a more athletic look.
Pricing for the VW Jetta hasn’t yet been announced, but the car will go on sale later this spring.
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