The Volkswagen Jetta looks more Passat-like than ever before and it is the 2015 Facelift for the sedan that is to blame for the striking resemblance. The Jetta sedan has been around for three and a half decades since its launch in 1979, and Volkswagen has put no less than 14 million examples on streets globally, making the Jetta one of the largest selling sedans in the world.
The car’s exteriors see a facelift, making the 2015 Jetta look akin to its bigger brother, the Passat. The 2015 Jetta features a revised front end, with the grille, headlamps and bumper getting a once over. The rear is refreshed too, with the boot lid, a reprofiled duck-tail spoiler and a new rear bumper. The facelifted car’s official unveil will happen at the 2014 New York Motor Show, commencing today.
The 2015 Jetta is said to be more aerodynamic than ever, with redesigned rain gutters and a grille that opens and shuts according to what the situation demands, in order to redistribute air flow around the sedan. The car’s Bi-Xenon headlamps get integrated daytime running LEDS and the adaptive lighting technology.
Moving to the innards of the Jetta, the refresh involves chrome finish for the instrumentation console, a new multifunction steering wheel, revised AC vents and chrome finish around the climate control module, piano black finish for center console and gearshift housing, ambient lighting, revised seat design and fabric options.
Under the hood, the Jetta retains its petrol engine line up, along with the 1.4 liter TSI petrol hybrid option. The EA288 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine that is based on the new Modular Diesel System (MDB) gets a power bump up to 150 Bhp while the torque output of 320 Nm remains unchanged from the older motor.
What is the Modular Diesel System (MDB)?
The MDB range of turbo diesel engines refers to the Volkswagen group’s new range of diesel motors that use a range of shared parts such as exhaust systems, fuel injection modules and turbochargers, to name some of the shared parts. The idea is to share parts and production facilities for a range of turbo diesel engines, akin to how the Volkswagen group has standardized car making through the MQB platform. India’s tryst with the MDB diesel engine platform happened last year, when the 2013 Octavia was launched with the new 2 liter TDI motor. The MDB diesel engine family is MQB platform ready.
The Jetta is sold with 6 speed manual, and 6 and 7 speed dual clutch DSG automatic gearboxes. The sedan also gains a range of safety aids such as Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Frontal Collision Warning systems. The car will begin sales later this year.
Volkswagen assembles the Jetta in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. The 2015 Jetta Facelift sedan will continue taking the CKD route into India. Expect the 2015 Jetta to be launched here by the end of this year or early next year.