New-gen Jetta breaks cover

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SHOWN AT the Detroit Auto Show, the new-gen Jetta moves VW’s best-sell­ing model in the United States into its sev­enth gen­er­a­tion. Since in­tro­duc­tion in 1979, the Jetta has sold over 17 mil­lion units world­wide. Now based on the VW Group’s MQB plat­form for trans­verse, front-en­gined cars, the Jetta grows in dimensions and, as a re­sult, in­te­rior space is up too. To give you an idea of how much more grown up the Jetta is, wheel­base is up 34mm to 2,685mm, while over­all length is nearly 4.7m, or 43mm more than the out­go­ing model. VW claims high aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency for this car, with a co­ef­fi­cient of drag of just 0.27. Styling con­tin­ues in the VW fam­ily trend with a large front grille in chrome, LED light­ing ac­cents and strong creases along the side of the car.

VW is es­pe­cially proud of the in­te­ri­ors, with its sim­plis­tic lines and un­clut­tered lay­out. The Jetta also gets the dig­i­tal cock­pit, a screen with con­fig­urable gauges, for the first time. Pow­er­ing the Jetta will be the fa­mil­iar 1.4-litre TSI twin charged en­gine, de­liv­er­ing 147bhp and 250Nm torque.

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