|The new Jetta. Click to enlarge.|
Volkswagen presented the new Jetta design at Times Square in New York. VW had earlier previewed the new Jetta’s styling with the NCC coupe concept car shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Jetta—the largest version yet—will no longer be sharing any body components with the Golf; rather it will be an independent vehicle type.
For the US and Canada, the new Jetta will be offered with three gasoline engines and one turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI Clean Diesel). Two of the four engines are new: the entry-level gasoline engine (85 kW / 115 PS / 114 hp) and the common rail TDI (103 kW / 140 PS / 138 hp).
Optimized for the new model are the 125 kW (170 PS / 168 hp) 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the top-end turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI with 147 kW (200 PS / 197 hp), which will power the Jetta GLI in North America starting in 2011. The new 115 PS engine has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km) (manual transmission); the version with automatic transmission attains a value of 26 mpg (9.1 L/100km) (forecast EPA values for the USA).
The new 320 N·m 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel uses a particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter to meet Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions requirements. Combined cycle fuel economy is estimated to be 34 mpg.
All engines are offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment; an automatic transmission is also available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen is implementing the 6-speed DSG.
In Europe, the Jetta will offer a choice of six engines; the strategy will conform to prevailing market conditions, with smaller engine displacements and charging being key objectives here. This means somewhat less power in the base engines, significantly lower engine displacements, and charging in all engines, VW said.
Four of the six engines are new to the Jetta program and will be added in 2011:
- 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS / 103 hp)
- 1.4 TSI (118 kW / 160 PS / 158 hp)
- 1.6 TDI (77 / kW 105 PS / 103 hp)—VW’s smallest TDI
- 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 140 PS / 138 hp)
The other options are the proven 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) and the 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS). Except for the 1.2 TSI, all engines may be paired with a 6-speed DSG (77 kW TDI, 103 kW TDI, 147 kW TSI) or 7-speed DSG (90 kW TSI, 118 kW TSI).
Every Jetta engine offered in Europe fulfills requirements of the EU-5 emissions standard. The 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI are also equipped with the BlueMotion Technology package. This means that their technical features include a Start-Stop system and battery regeneration.
The new Jetta 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology consumes an estimated 5.3 l/100 km (44 mpg US) (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) on the NEDC. The Jetta with 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology attains a low combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg US) (109 g/km CO2).
The new design has resulted in the largest Jetta yet. The new model is 182.7 inches (4.64 meters) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 meters) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 meters) wide.
By 2018, Volkswagen of America wants to triple its annual sales volume to about 800,000 vehicles. Today, the Jetta sells at a rate of 110,000 units per year in the US. The Jetta line has sold 9.6 million units worldwide since its introduction.