Volkswagen has teased the next- generation Jetta on the company's consumer website in Canada of all places. The 2019 VW Jetta will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show In January 2018 as the teaser site also shows a countdown clock that reveals the model will be unveiled in a few days over 50 days. That's January 18th which falls in line with the North American International Auto Show.
According to the teaser image, the upcoming Jetta hatchback will sport an evolutionary design and adopt a new front fascia with a more attractive grille. However, the styling details are hard to make out with this teaser but what is visible is that the model bears a strong resemblance to the images floating on the internet earlier this year after the hatch was spied completely undisguised. It looks sharper with a noticeably larger footprint when compared to the outgoing model.
It is also believed to be lighter than the sixth-gen Jetta despite being larger because of its lightweight modular MQB platform. Further, the seventh-gen Jetta was bound to get bigger since the recently revealed Volkswagen Virtus (the second-gen Vento) underpins the same MQB A0 platform, which has given it a wheelbase similar to the existing Jetta. The current generation of the Audi A3 was the first vehicle to come underpinned by the MQB platform, which was followed by the seventh-gen Golf, and Skoda’s Octavia, Superb, Kodiaq, Karoq, among others.
The 2019 Jetta is likely to come powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While the motor currently produces 150 hp of maximum power and 249 Nm of peak torque, according to the reports going on in the market, the automaker might tune the engine for a better performance delivery. Transmission options for the American model could, however, include a new eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of a DSG dual-clutch transmission, as seen on the US-market Tiguan.
Although, there are a number of details unknown at this point of time but according to Hinrich Woebcken, a manual transmission and an R-Line variant will be available at launch. Approximately one year later, the company will introduce the new Jetta GLI as well. The 2019 Jetta will go on sale in North America a couple of months after it makes its debut, while global sales of are expected to commence in thesecond half of 2018.
For the Indian market, the seventh-generation VW Jetta is expected to be launched by 2019 It will be locally assembled at VW Group’s Aurangabad-based facility like the current model and its sibling, the Skoda Octavia. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the seventh generation VW Jetta.