Volkswagen is likely to official unveil the all-new Jetta sedan at next year’s Detroit Motor Show in January 2018. However, leaked images of the car have already hit the internet. The new 2018 Jetta is now unofficially revealed, with images showing its front, side and rear. The car will be based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. This car may not be launched in India as Volkswagen is said to have no plans to launch it here.
The front of the car gets the typical Volkswagen look, with an expressive grille and a large VW badge. It featured LED headlamps with integrated DRLs. The bonnet is nicely sculpted but the car looks quite understated, which is how every generation of Jetta has looked. At the rear, the boot lid shows sculpting and wrap around tail lamps, which are also LED units. The sides of the car show that it has grown in size, which means that it will be more spacious than before.
The new Jetta will share its MQB platform with the Skoda Octavia. We expect it to also share engines with the Skoda sedan. This includes 1.4 liter, 1.8 liter and 2 liter turbocharged petrol engines from the TSI line. The diesel engine is expected to be the 2 liter turbocharged unit from the EA288 TDI line. Both petrol and diesel engines will get manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options. Europe may also get all wheel drive version of the new Jetta. Other global markets will be front wheel driven.
Volkswagen India has already introduced multiple MQB platform based cars like the Tiguan and the Passat. So, we see no reason for the brand to not introduce the all-new Jetta, the seventh generation of the sedan. Already, the Octavia based on the MQB platform has proven to be a good seller for Skoda in India.
If Volkswagen can price the Jetta competitively by assembling it here as a CKD, there is a chance that the sedan would also do well here. The only thing going against India getting the new Jetta is the fact that the company has not finalized plans to make a right hand drive version of this car.
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