The brochure of the Volkswagen Jetta Facelift has revealed all there is to know about the technical specifications of the sedan, days before its February 17th launch in India. The car will arrive in completely knocked down (CKD) kit form, to be assembled at Volkswagen’s Chakan factory, near Pune. The Jetta Facelift will continue to be offered with the same engine and transmission line up as the pre-facelift predecessor, and there will be six variants of the car sold here.
The 1.4 liter TSI turbo petrol engine, in 122 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune, will be offered in Trendline and Comfortline variants. The Jetta Petrol will form the entry-level line up of the car in India, and will be sold with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The other engine on the car, and the hotter selling one, will be the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel motor, with 138 Bhp-320 Nm outputs, again similar to the power and torque that the pre-facelift model made.
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The Jetta Diesel will be sold with 6 speed manual and twin clutch DSG automatic transmissions. The manual gearbox equipped diesel powered variants will be sold in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims whereas the automatic variant will make do with the single, Highline trim. While fuel efficiency of the Jetta Facelift’s international model has increased, there’s no such change on the India-spec version, aerodynamic improvements and low resistance tyres notwithstanding.
In terms of changes, the Jetta Facelift makes do with cosmetic and aerodynamic improvements on the outside, with a mild spruce up to the interiors. Here’s all you need to know about what the facelift brings to the table. In India, the Jetta’s competition includes the likes of the best selling Toyota Corolla Altis, the Chevrolet Cruze, the Skoda Octavia and the Hyundai Elantra.
While Volkswagen would be hoping that the facelift brings in better numbers, the changes are clearly not substantial enough to warrant a major upset in the D-Segment sedan space. The Jetta Facelift is expected to more or less continue selling in the numbers that it used to manage before, as the car is a generation behind its Volkswagen group mate, the Skoda Octavia. The next-generation version of the sedan, underpinned by the MQB platform, is what could push the Jetta into a higher orbit.
Brochure Scans courtesy Rushlane