Get the full story on the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, including early pricing info, inside.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta will be introduced to the world today in a presentation at Times Square in New York. Although the car was developed to be more cost effective, the new Jetta will not share body parts with the VW Golf as it had in the past.
Amazingly, the all-new 2011 Jetta will start in the U.S. at $15,995, $1,740 less than the fifth-generation's base price.
Based on the Volkswagen NCC seen at the NAIAS in January, the new Jetta is much longer than the fifth-gen car. The latest sedan has a wheelbase that is seven centimeters longer, and a body that is nine centimeters longer, than the outgoing model. As such, the car measures 4.64-meters long by 1.78-meters wide by 1.45-meters high (182.7-inches x 70.1 x 57.1), and has a 2650-mm (104.3-inches) long wheelbase. Compared to the NCC, the new Jetta appears to have a shorter rear end, with a steeper rear windscreen.
The bigger proportions translate to more legroom inside, which has been increased by nearly 7.5 percent. The added width can certainly be seen at the front of the car, where the added width translates to a sportier appearance. The redesigned front fascia adds to this, with the short grille element, and narrow headlights.
In the States, customers will be able to choose from four different engines, including a brand new 138-horsepower (103 kW / 140 PS) 2.0-liter common rail TDI that produces a robust 320 Nm of torque. Also new is the 114-horsepower (85 kW / 115 PS) entry level petrol engine. The other two petrol engines available in the US are the 2.5-liter unit producing 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS), and a 2.0-liter TSI that generates 197 horsepower (147 kW / 200 PS). The TSI will be used in the Jetta GLI, which will not be sold Stateside until 2011. Each of the two turbocharged units are available with a six-speed DSG transmission, though a manual transmission comes standard.
Six engines will be available on the Euro-spec Jetta, four of which are new to the model. Two of the new engines are common rail turbodiesels, including the 1.6-liter TDI BlueMotion 103 hp (77 / kW 105 PS) and 138-hp 2.0-liter TDI (103 kW / 140 PS). Also new are the 103-hp (77 kW / 105 PS) 1.2 TSI and 158-hp (118 kW / 160 PS) 1.4 TSI engines. All four of these will not be sold until 2011. Until then, the car will only be available with two TSI units: a 1.4-liter model kicking out 121 horsepower (90 kW / 122 PS), and a 2.0-liter 197-hp (147 kW / 200 PS) model. Both 1.4-liter models may be mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission, while the 1.6- and 2.0-liter TDI, and 2.0-liter TSI can be hooked up to a six-speed DSG. Presumably, a manual transmission comes standard.
European pricing for the all-new Jetta will be revealed later in the year.