Volkswagen Jetta has managed to remain competitive over the years despite the ever increasing competition in the sedan market segment. This success is anchored on its ability to deliver a host of superb factors such as excellent handling, outstanding reliability, exceptional fuel economy and a spacious interior.
Volkswagen Jetta 2016 Exterior
The four-door 2016 Volkswagen Jetta sedan will have a slightly bigger body. The new dimensions are 189.1 inches wide, 73 inches wide and 55.8 inches in height. It will also have a wheelbase of 106.7 inches. The redesigned model will also feature 17, 18 or 19 inch wheels depending on the model.
Most of the exterior will be unaltered from the 2015 model. The grille will be larger and will incorporate Golf’s trademark red stripe. A new black stripe will run through the grille’s center. The previous vertical fog lights have been replaced with horizontal ones. Black inserts on the bumper will be smaller to give the vehicle a sportier look. Around the back, the car will have its trunk door stretching long behind the car. Also its LED taillights have been redesigned.
The bumper has also been redesigned and will feature a diffuser like piece as well as a pair of exhausts and a remodeled truck lid. The SEL and SE trim levels will feature 18-inch (Mallory designed) alloy wheels covered with either the standard all-season tires or summer performance tires.
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Interior
The auto maker has redesigned the interior to feature modern gadgets for improved comfort, entertainment and safety. Reports indicate that the sedan will adopt many features from the 7th generation of the VW Golf. The much awaited MIB II infotainment system makes its debut in the new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. This system will be fixed in the TSI and TDI S trim levels with a 5-inch touch screen. Higher trims will feature the system but with a larger 6.3 inch touch screen.
Due to this system, high trim levels that feature the APP-Connect will now be availed with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. For safety purposes, the new Jetta comes with an array of driver assistance systems. These systems will include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and automatic post-collision braking system. It will accommodate five passengers.
Engine Specs and Performance
News from the auto maker indicates that the new Volkswagen Jetta will get a new engine. The previous 2.0 L naturally aspirated engine will be replaced with a new 1.4 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The new engine will produce 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. We understand that the engine will also replace the 1.8 L engine in higher trim levels.
According to Volkswagen, the new engine will improve the sedans fuel economy by 15 % to a new rating of 39 mpg combined compared to the retiring engines. The engine has a compact single-scroll compressor intake and exhaust valve timing, an intercooler with injection-molded induction pipe and dual overhead cams. It has a 10.0:1 compression ratio. This engine will spread through other Volkswagen models such as the Golf and Beetle.
One of the options that will be offered is the 2.0 TDI turbocharged diesel engine with 150 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, fuel consumption is reduced and is approximately 48 mpg combined. All engines will be mated to a 6 speed automatic and manual transmissions. Volkswagen Jetta will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 7.2 seconds and will reach the top speed of 126 mph, which is decent data for a small family sedan.
The new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will have a 2.0 TSI turbo engine with 210 horsepower originally from Golf GTI. New Jetta GLI will have a 0-60 mph acceleration of 6 seconds, while top speed is about 155 mph.
Price and release date
Its release date is not yet published by Volkswagen; we expect the vehicle to hit dealer showrooms in early 2016. The price will not vary much from the current model which goes for $16,200 MSRP.