We have spy shots of the upcoming next generation of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta without any camouflage. The Volkswagen Jetta was first launched in 1979. Having been on the market since 2011, the Jetta seriously needed a new generation to reflect advancements in the industry and to remain competitive with its rivals which have all been updated. According to credible reports, the Jetta will be based on a MQB platform rather than the old PQ35 platform. The new platform is more versatile, stiffer and more refined. Although it is not as thrilling or luxury-laden as the Passat, the Jetta is the automaker’s best-seller in the U.S. In 2016, the automaker sold 121,107 units of the model, almost twice the number of Passat units sold during the same period.
2018 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior
VW has tried to make the new exterior design of the Jetta sportier by making it more angular. The model wears a new, hexagonal; grille that features sharp points at the edges; top trims will likely feature chrome slats on their grilles. The fog lights also feature sharp edges; overall the front fascia has more angular edges. The headlight housings also have sharp edges (they mimic those of the VW Passat); the headlights themselves have C-shaped graphics. The engine hood features prominent creases, a design borrowed from the Arteon sedan.
The model has thinner A-pillars which enhance the driver’s visibility. The sedan also features a prominent crease that runs down the model’s shoulder. The rear design has minimal changes compared to the current model. Taillights of the new Jetta have been hooked up with an angular design to align with the design of the front fascia. The deck-lid is slightly redesigned to look like that of the Audi A4.
The sedan’s wheelbase has grown to 106.3 inches from 104.4 inches which translates to more legroom for passengers.
We have not managed to capture the interior of the VW Jetta. Rumor has it that the cabin design is inspired by that of the VW Golf. More upscale materials will find their way into the cabin. The sedan will thus likely feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel christened “Active Info Display” among other features. Safety will also be enhanced and the model will feature some driver assist features as standard and others as optional extras.
Engine and performance
We have no word from VW about the Jetta’s power-train specs but current lineup of engines is likely to carry over to the 2018 version in the U.S. with minimal changes. The sedan will likely be offered with two gasoline power-train options, a base 1.4 L, turbocharged unit and a turbocharged 2.0 L mill. The turbocharged 1.8 L petrol mill will be discontinued according to rumors. VW would not try to offer a diesel mill in the U.S. after the dieselgate scandal. Other markets will, however, feature diesel mills. The 1.4 L mill produces 150 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0 L mill produces 210 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. There is a possibility that the automaker will tweak the engines for more ponies.
Price and release date
Official prices are still a mystery but Volkswagen will seek to maintain the current prices to ensure the model does not lose out its market share to its close rivals. Currently, the entry level Jetta has an MSRP of $18,715 with the top trim attracting close to $30,000. Credible sources reveal that production of the sedan will commence in the fourth quarter of this year at VW’s factory in Puebla, Mexico with sales likely to begin in the first quarter of 2018.