Volkswagen to launch Jetta with 1.8L petrol engine

There is some good news for all you petrol heads out there, Volkswagen India is planning to launch a petrol version of Jetta sedan. The company has commenced testing of the petrol Jetta which indicates that the launch will likely happen soon. A test mule of the Jetta petrol wearing the ‘TSI’ badge was spotted in Maharashtra.

So what is the petrol Jetta going to offer buyers to tempt them in this age of ever rising petrol prices? Let’s take a look.

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Looks, space and comfort

The test mule of the Jetta petrol looked the same as the diesel variant barring the ‘TSI’ badge at the rear. We can safely assume that the interiors and features of the diesel Jetta will be carried over to the petrol version as well.

The new Jetta looks like a grown up Volkswagen Vento from many angles. The Jetta sports twin-lamp units for its headlamps which are housed in a single Perspex housing visually similar to those of the Vento’s. The rear of the Jetta is similar to the new Passat, with Audi-style tail-lamps wrapping themselves on to the boot lid. The car is based partly on the PQ35 platform, on which cars such as the VW Golf, Skoda Yeti and Skoda Superb are also based.

The interiors of the Jetta will get brighter, there are plenty of cup holders and the drop-down armrest in the rear also allows access to the boot. Climate control and heated-mirrors are part of the standard kit on the car, along with a six-speaker audio system and steering-mounted audio controls.

To put it in a nutshell the Jetta petrol will be more or less the same as the diesel variant as far as looks, space and comfort are concerned.

Expected performance

The Jetta petrol version will likely be powered by the 1.8-litre TSI engine that does its duty in the Skoda Laura petrol. This engine makes a healthy 160 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque and is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. The Laura petrol powered by the same engine returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 13.37 kmpl and accelerates from 0 – 100 kmph in around 9 seconds. Expect a similar mileage and performance figures from the upcoming Jetta petrol. See our Volkswagen Jetta photo gallery here.

Expected features

The safety features expected in the Jetta petrol will include ABS with brake assist, driver and front passenger air bags with an option for front passenger air bag deactivation, a curtain air bag system for front and rear passengers, side air bags, front and side air bags for the rear.

The comfort features expected on the Jetta petrol include park distance control (front & rear) with acoustic warning & display on central infotainment system. It will also have electrically adjustable, foldable and heated exterior mirrors, a touch screen music system with 6 CD changer, SD Card reader, aux-in & 8 speakers.

The list doesn’t end there however and you will also get a multi-function steering wheel with controls for the multi-function display unit, 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat, electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver, cruise control and air conditioner. These features are currently found in the top-end variant of Jetta diesel and hence, will likely be offered in the top-end variant of the Jetta petrol.

Expected price

The Jetta with petrol engine will likely be priced in the range of Rs. 13 lakh – 16 lakh. We assume that the Jetta petrol version will be available in three variants: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline similar to the Jetta diesel version. If priced in the Rs. 13 lakh – 16 lakh range, the Jetta petrol will be a rival to the Honda Civic (Rs. 12.21 lakh – 13.96 lakh), the Renault Fluence petrol (Rs. 14.44 lakh) and the Toyota Corolla Altis (Rs. 12.39 lakh – 14.77 lakh).

Summary

The demand for diesel cars is high in the sedan segments. However, Volkswagen may go ahead in launching the petrol version of its Jetta sedan. The Jetta petrol version may appeal to buyers who are on a tighter budget or who feel it would take many years for them to recover the amount invested in the diesel variant.

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