For the past two weeks, Volkswagen has been teasing the all-new Jetta in sketch form. In this year's North American International Auto Show, the C-segment contender jumps from sketch to reality with the debut of the seventh-generation model. It follows the brand's current styling direction, as well as a host of new technologies added to the car.
The all-new Jetta gets rid of the current car's rectangular themed front fascia. It now has a more dynamic look with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a much wider three-slat grill, character lines in the front bumper and larger headlights. Its hood also boasts more design details thanks to the addition of defined lines on the surface. Compared to the teasers from the start of the year, the production model remains faithful to the drawings.
Volkswagen adds that the seventh-generation Jetta is longer, wider and taller than the soon to be outgoing model. Emphasizing the growth in dimensions is represented by wider stance and a deep character line that runs through the door handles. There is also the addition of a third side rear window, making the car appear longer. As for the rear, the windshield is more raked than before and flows into the the trunk. The rear fascia takes a leaf from Audi with its slim, angular design and even more creases on the rear bumper.
With the larger dimensions, the company says that there is more room inside than the sixth-generation Jetta. They also boast that the center console box, with a volume of five liters, is large enough to fit a standard iPad. US-spec Jettas come standard with Driver Personalization with up to four driver settings. Customizable features include: driver seat memory, driver assistance system preferences, temperature, ambient lighting color,radio presets, navigation view, and more.
Its dash is also more driver-oriented than before with the center stack tilted closer to the vehicle's pilot. The add that fit and finish has even been further improved thanks to the addition of more high quality soft-touch materials. As for the cabin's design theme, trapezoidal shapes and patters are present throughout the interior.
Most significant is the availability of Volkswagen's Digital Cockpit display, offering drivers a reconfigurable display of key data and the ability to position navigation data front and center for easy viewing. Some of its functions include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Initially, all Jettas will be powered by a 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with the signature tag of TSI (Turbo Stratified Injection). The result is 147 PS and 250 Nm of torque with Volkswagen claiming it to be the highest torque figure compared to its gas-powered competitors. Two transmissions options are available, namely a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.
As for safety kit, the all-new Volkswagen Jetta is available with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), High Beam Control and Lane Departure Warning.