2011 Volkswagen Jetta: More Appeal For the U.S.

26 Jul 2010 | 2,637 views | No Comment
Volkswagen’s turning a dramatic new page with the all new 2011 Jetta, billing the car as a way to get German style, engineering and content at a decent starting price--around $16,000, company officials said. Volkswagen’s turning a dramatic new page with the all new 2011 Jetta, billing the car as a way to get German style, engineering and content at a decent starting price--around $16,000, company officials said. The new Jetta, which goes on sale in October here, sure looks like it will compare far better with others in its class, partly because it’s bigger with more space, and substantially more equipment. The knock has been that the current model is too small and cramped to compete with others, but the new model shouldn’t have that problem. It’s almost three inches longer, than the existing model, and it features VW’s new full horizontal length grille with a gloss black finish and trapezoid shaped headlights. A VW press release says, “A great example of the unique styling characteristics of the Jetta is in the shoulder or ‘tornado’ line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Thanks to wide track dimensions, the wheel arches also form a precise transition up to the tires (up to 18-inches long). Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section.” It adds, “ Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate. The all-new Jetta also features integrated turn signal indicators.” Volkswagen says that the larger style now includes 2.7 inches more in legroom over the old model, which the company says leads its class. Inside, you’ll find a new steering wheel and instrument panel, but all the familiar VW cues are still there. Meanwhile, the console section is angled slightly toward the driver for more of a cockpit feel, and you should be able to see the instruments better than in the current model because the viewing range has been changed. You’ll also find a 60/40 split, folding rear bench seatback. Volkswagen plans to offer four engines here, including a 140 horsepower, 2.0 liter turbo diesel direct injection engine that offers 0-60 times of 8.7 seconds; a 115 horsepower 2.0 liter, a 170 horsepower 2.5 liter engine, and a 200 horsepower 2.0 liter TSI engine. You’ll be able to order automatic transmissions on all engines, lwith the si speed DSG automatic offered on the 2.0 liter TDI and 2.0 liter TSK. By the way, the diesel engine will get 42 miles per gallon on the highway. Other fuel mileage information is unavailable. You’ll be able to order a number of trim levels including the S, SE, SEL, TDI and GLI. More to come on the new Jetta--stay tuned.

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