Cheaper Volkswagen Jetta petrol coming soon

Volkswagen is planning to launch the Jetta petrol in the next couple of weeks. The Jetta petrol will be powered by a 120 Bhp, 1.4-litre petrol TSI motor and will come in Trendline and Comfortline variants only. It is likely be cheaper than the Jetta diesel by about Rs. 1.5 lakh variant for variant.

Looks, space and comfort

The Volkswagen Jetta petrol will exactly replicate the Jetta diesel in terms of looks, space and comfort. The Jetta petrol variant will have a ‘TSI’ badge on the boot to differentiate it from the Jetta diesel (TDI).

The new Jetta launched in August 2011, is an evolutionary design yet retaining the Volkswagen brand’s family styling cues. The new Jetta is based on the PQ35 platform on which the Skoda Laura and Yeti are also based. The new Jetta is angular and sharp when looked at from all angles and has an “executive” feel to it.

The interiors of the Jetta have all the quality and attention-to-detail fit and finish that you typically expect from a Volkswagen. The cabin is best suited for four occupants. The front seats have good overall support suitable for hassle-free city and highway comfort. The rear seats offer adequate legroom and good seat base with sufficient under-thigh support.

Performance

The upcoming Jetta petrol is powered by a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder, TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection) that puts out 120 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Jetta petrol is 42 Kg lighter than the Jetta diesel. Also expect the Jetta petrol to have slightly better performance and handling characteristics than the Jetta diesel.

Features

The Jetta petrol will be available only in Trendline and Comfortline. The Trendline gets features such as all round disc brakes, front dual airbags, curtain airbags and front side airbags, ‘Climatic’ air conditioner, front seats with height adjustment, rear AC vents and alloy wheels. The Comfortline comes with more features such as as day time running lights (DRL), dual exhaust pipes, 60:40 split folding rear seat backrest, leather upholstery, ESP with brake assist and Hill hold control.

Competition

The Jetta petrol will take on the petrol sedans such as Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence and Skoda Laura. Due to sky rocketing petrol prices, buyers increasingly prefer diesel cars even in executive segments where the Jetta belongs.

However, the Jetta petrol version may still appeal to buyers who are on a tight budget or who feel it would take many years for them to recover the amount invested in the diesel variant of the Jetta.

Price and Launch

Assuming the Jetta petrol may be priced Rs. 1 lakh less than the Jetta diesel, the Jetta petrol may have a price range of Rs. 14 lakh – Rs. 15.5 lakh. The Jetta petrol launch was expected in April 2012 earlier. Expect Volkswagen to launch the Jetta petrol in the next couple of weeks.