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