Still based on the Golf platform, the Jetta sits on a wheelbase stretched by 70mm

Volkswagen has re-engineered its VW Jetta small saloon with so many changes that the company claims it now warrants status as a standalone model like the CC and Tiguan.

Still based on the Golf platform, the Jetta sits on a wheelbase stretched by 70mm and is clothed in crisp new sheetmetal inspired by the NCC concept revealed at Detroit in January.

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"The new Jetta will no longer share any body components with the Golf. It will be a vehicle type that is just as independent as a CC or Tiguan," says VW.

The Jetta is 90mm longer than before, at 4644mm. Its stretch will suit the US market - where the Jetta is the biggest-selling European model - and will help VW in its bid to triple US sales to 800,000 by 2018.

UK buyers will benefit, too, although the extra space, style and interior comfort is tipped to add around £500 to the Jetta's list price, which currently starts around £17,000.

The interior has its own high-quality identity, distinct from a Golf's, and features the latest touchscreen sat-nav.

Engines mirrors today's line-up, plus a new entry-level 108bhp 1.2 soft-turbo TSI.

VW will show the new Jetta at the Paris show and UK sales will start next March.

Julian Rendell

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15 June 2010

So it's now longer than a current 3 series saloon. Have VW given up on the Passat? Or will that also be stretched for the next-gen?

15 June 2010

With only 10cm difference between this and the Passat, and being based on the same platform, the question has to be: why does VW need both models? They seem increasingly similar in every respect.

15 June 2010

zzzzzzzzz

15 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Still based on the Golf platform[/quote]

And the other mag with 'Auto' in the title (you know, the one that likes to make lots of mistakes...) claims it ISN'T based on the Golf, rather a seperate model altogether...

Me confused (though in fairness that doesn't take much doing)

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

15 June 2010

[quote Oilburner]

With only 10cm difference between this and the Passat, and being based on the same platform, the question has to be: why does VW need both models? They seem increasingly similar in every respect.

[/quote]

The Jetta is niche for Europe and mainstream product for North America and Asia. The US and China prefer sedans and longer/less cramped ones at that. As for the Jetta stepping on the toes of the Passat, the European Passat will be facelifted but stay essentially the same size for model-year 2011-2013, whereas the US will get a brand new mid-size sedan built in Chattanooga from 2011 onwards. Mid-size sedan in US terms means more 5-series/E-class length, around 4.8-4.9m, which puts back the 8" or so gap between the US Jetta size and the new US VW mid-size sedan. Basically, there's method in their(VW's) apparent product confusion - just give it a year or two to pan out. VW is increasing the tailoring of product for regional requirements.

PS an inch or so of the length gain may also be explained and attributed to the increased requirements for pedestrian protection in Europe. The latest facelift of the BMW 3-series saw the front grow forward by around an inch for this reason, putting more distance between point of contact and hard impact areas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_New_Midsize_Sedan

15 June 2010

wake me up when something interesting happens.thanks!!! zzzzzzz

15 June 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]zzzzzzzzz[/quote]

Cruel. This is a horse for a course. Ten years or so ago when I was working in the field and hammering up 35K+ miles a year on the motorway this car would have been perfect transport for me and a boot full of tools.

15 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]whereas the US will get a brand new mid-size sedan built in Chattanooga from 2011 onwards[/quote]

They should call it the "Choo Choo".

15 June 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2]zzzzzzzzz[/quote]

It's not that bad is it Dan? I'd say it's alot better looking than say a 3-Series or A4 and it'll be alot cheaper too. I'd put money on the interior being a nicer place to spend time than a 3-series and I'd bet it drives better than an A4.

A win, win then if I was to ever buy a saloon, which is unlikely.

15 June 2010

Good to see Jetta being given its own identity rather than simply being a "Golf with a boot". And interesting to see VW push it right up closer to Audi A4 size, with the next Passat pushing up to A6 size, especially since the late '90s Passat was based on the contemporary A4.

So presumably the forthcoming Polo saloon fills the old Bora niche, at least size-wise. And presumably they'll eventually have a Lupo/Fox/Up saloon to replace the old Polo saloon, and on it goes...

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