Big ask for Jetta

The new Jetta will be in Aus­tralia next year and VW has high hopes for sales, writes Stu­art Martin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

THE car known best as the Golf-with-aboot is head­ing down a new road. Volk­swa­gen plans to triple sales of the Jetta sedan us­ing a car that shares far less with the Golf hatch than any pre­vi­ous model.

So the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Jetta car­ries a big load, par­tic­u­larly in the US, though the tar­gets — not yet pub­lic — are more mod­est in Aus­tralia. The goal is to get back closer to the 4000-a-year re­sults of around 2007.

The new Jetta is 90mm longer with 73mm growth in the wheel­base, pro­vid­ing about 67mm ex­tra rear leg room.

Width and height are largely un­changed. Boot space is 510 litres— a seven-litre re­duc­tion — and the car is about 30kg lighter thanks to high-strength, form-hard­ened steel, which has im­proved tor­sional rigid­ity.

The new Jetta 77TDI is be­ing sold with Bluemo­tion technology — en­gine stop-start, aero­dy­namic aids, low-roll tyres and more. But Aus­tralia won’t get it be­cause of our hot cli­mate. The fea­tures list for Aus­tralia is yet to be firmed up, but the new Jetta re­tains its anti-lock brakes, sta­bil­ity con­trol and six airbags — front, side and full-length cur­tains — as stan­dard, with the op­tion (in Europe and the US at least) of rear side airbags.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the new Jetta — which goes on sale in Aus­tralia in the mid­dle of next year— are yet to be fi­nalised, but the Euro­pean Trend­line starter car has anti-lock brakes, sta­bil­ity con­trol with trailer sta­bil­i­sa­tion, 16-inch wheels, heated power mir­rors, tinted win­dows with in­su­lat­ing glass, fil­tered air­con­di­tion­ing and re­mote cen­tral lock­ing. There are also in­ter­change­able in­te­rior ac­cents, an aux­il­iary in­put and a multi-func­tion dis­play.

The Com­fort­line adds 16-inch al­loy wheels (likely to be stan­dard in Aus­tralia) with added stor­age pock­ets, cen­tre arm rests with stor­age box and a leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, gearshifter grip and hand­brake. The High­line model ups the wheel size to 17-inch al­loys and adds head­light wash­ers, front fog lights and corner­ing lights.

The top-spec model also gets the sport seats with leather/fab­ric trim and cli­mate con­trol.

The en­gine line-up for Aus­tralia looks set to mimic the cur­rent Jetta pow­er­plants — two diesels and three petrol en­gines, teamed with man­ual and dou­ble-clutch au­to­mat­ics — though the new 1.2-litre TSI petrol is not be­ing con­sid­ered for an Aus­tralian re­lease.

The 1.4-litre forced-in­duc­tion four-cylin­der petrol en­gines both re­main avail­able with the seven-speed DSG or a six-speed man­ual.

The tur­bocharged vari­ant pro­duces 90kW and 200Nm, while claim­ing 6.2 litres for 100km; the su­per­charged and tur­bocharged ‘‘Twin­charged’’ 1.4 in­creases the thirst to 6.3 litres and the out­puts re­main at 118kW and 240Nm — down by less than 0.5 litres on the cur­rent model.

The top-spec petrol model will again be pro­pelled by a two-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine (from the GTI en­gine fam­ily, with a sixspeed man­ual or DSG gear­box) claim­ing a 6.9 litre for 100km thirst de­spite of­fer­ing 147kW and 280Nm.

The fru­gal, di­rect-in­jec­tion diesels start with the 77kW/ 250Nm 1.6-litre com­mon-rail tur­bocharged en­gine, with a claimed thirst of 4.5 litres for 100km and the op­tion of a sev­en­speed DSG gear­box.

The 1.6 TDI with BlueMo­tion technology on board drops the fuel num­ber to 4.2 litres/ 100km, with a cor­re­spond­ing drop in CO

2 emis­sions.

The two-litre tur­bod­iesel in­creases the power

Solid and rea­son­ably quiet: the Jetta and (above) VWde­sign head Klaus Bischoff, singer-song­writer Katy Perry andVW Amer­ica chief Ste­fan Ja­coby.

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