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.
"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.