New Volkswagen Jetta caught testing in Mumbai

The new Volkswagen Jetta which will be launched in India this August has been caught testing in Lavasa (Mumbai) by teambhp. The test mule resembles the Jetta model currently sold in overseas market which clearly indicates that this is the model that will be launched here.

Volkswagen India did not hide the badges of the test mule and hence, it revealed its identity clearly. The car spied was a Jetta, 2.0 litre TDI. The front end of the test mule looked like a grown up Volkswagen Vento, with bigger, sharp-angled headlamps and Volkswagen’s traditional grille design.

The new Jetta could be priced anywhere between Rs. 15 lakh and Rs. 18 lakh and will be launched on August 17th 2011. The rear of the new Jetta gets a large tail lamp cluster (like in the Audi A4) that extends into the boot lid, giving it a premium feel. Also read: 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Photo Gallery

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Photo: New Volkswagen Jetta Caught testing in Mumbai

The large wheels with chunky alloys allow the new Jetta to stand up to its key rivals the Skoda Laura and the Chevrolet Cruze.

Though there are no interior photos of the Jetta test mule, the car can be expected to have comfortable leather seats and an ergonomically laid out dashboard made of high quality materials. The new Jetta will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants.

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Photo: Volkswagen Jetta Spied

The Jetta diesel variant will be powered by a 2.0 litre TDI (Turbo Diesel Injection) motor that would make 140 bhp of maximum power as is evident from the photos. Note that this engine is already performing its duty in the Skoda Laura’s diesel variant.

Looking at the demand for diesel sedans in the D segment, the Jetta diesel will likely sell in more numbers than the Jetta petrol. The new Jetta will get both manual and automatic transmissions and may even sport a DSG (Direct shift gearbox).

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Photo: Volkswagen Jetta Spied

Volkswagen will assemble the Jetta in India at its Chakan plant (near Pune). The parts of the new Jetta will arrive via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. Importing CKD parts will attract excise duty of 30% which will be more economical for Volkswagen compared to importing CBUs (Completely Built Units) which attract a full 110% tax.

Further, the parts of the Jetta are expected to be imported from Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico which has lower production cost as against the company’s mother plant in Germany. This would further help the company price the new Jetta competitively. Also read: Volkswagen Jetta to launch August 2011

When launched, the Volkswagen Jetta will take on cars like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Maruti Suzuki Kizashi, Renault Fluence and Skoda Laura.

Currently, Skoda Laura, Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla Altis lead the sales chart in the segment, thanks to their powerful (in case of Laura & Cruze) and frugal (in case of Altis) diesel motors.

(Photos Courtesy: teambhp.com)