Volkswagen has released the first pictures of the Jetta, which will be launched in Germany on 3 June. The newcomer replaces the Bora, and signals the revival of the Jetta name in Europe. By introducing a worldwide, uniform name for its compact saloon, Volkswagen decided to adopt the one already used in the USA, where the Jetta is not only the company's best-selling car, but also the top-selling European car outright.

The Jetta's most prominent design feature is its distinctive chrome grille, whose 'V' shape echoes those already seen on the Golf GTI and new Passat. The rear end also reflects current Volkswagen design themes, and features fast-acting LED lights.

The Jetta is a larger vehicle than the Bora that it will replace, for greater presence and improved interior space. At 4.56 m long, it has grown by 18.2 cm, while width has increased by 2.5 cm to 1.76 m. The height has also increased by 1.5 cm to 1.46 m, while the wheelbase is 6.5 cm longer than before, at 2.58 m.

The luggage area has also increased in size, now offering a generous 527 liters of space 72 liters more than the Bora. For extra flexibility, the 60/40 split rear back-rest can be folded forwards to form an almost flat floor up to the front seats.

The Jetta will be offered with a choice of five engines three petrol and two diesel. These comprise a 1.6-liter FSI 115 PS; 2.0-liter FSI 150 PS; 2.0-liter T-FSI 200 PS; 1.9-liter TDI 105 PS; and a 2.0-liter TDI 140 PS. Both diesel engines will be available with Volkswagen's pioneering DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) system. As with other recent Volkswagens, the Jetta will feature multi-link rear suspension and electro-mechanical power steering for appealing dynamic characteristics.

Over 6.5 million of the Jetta's predecessors have been sold worldwide to date, and the newcomer looks set to continue that success.