Volkswagen India is planning to launch the petrol variant of the Jetta sedan in April 2012. The Jetta petrol variant is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 13 lakh – Rs. 16 lakh.
The Jetta petrol will likely be powered by a 1.4-litre turbo-charged engine is expected to produce 120 bhp of power. The Jetta petrol engine may not be as powerful as Skoda Laura’s 1.8-litre petrol motor that puts out 160 bhp of power or the Honda Civic 1.8-litre i-VTEC that puts out 130 bhp of power but is expected to return a better fuel efficiency than its rivals.
The Jetta petrol variant will look exactly like the diesel variant barring the ‘TSI’ badge at the rear. We can safely assume that the interiors of the diesel Jetta will be carried over to the petrol version as well. Read more about the Volkswagen Jetta here.
Features wise, the Jetta petrol may inherit all the features offered in the diesel variant which includes ABS with brake assist, driver and front passenger air bags, a curtain air bag system for front and rear passengers, side air bags, front and side air bags for the rear, park distance control (front & rear) with acoustic warning & display on central infotainment system.
The Jetta petrol may 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 Jetta petrol variant will take on the Honda Civic, the Renault Fluence petrol and the Toyota Corolla Altis. Pricing will be a key factor in determining the Jetta petrol variant. Demand for petrol sedans in the D-segment has been declining in the recent past as many buyers go for diesel engine variants. Also read: Why Volkswagen cars score over others in safety features
However, 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. Volkswagen launched the Jetta diesel sedan during August 2011.
(Source: Autocar India)