New-gen Jetta breaks cover
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.