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Old 5th March 2011, 02:59   #16
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Announces World Debut of All-New 2011 Jetta, Delivering Sophisticated Style at an Accessible Price

All-new 2011 Jetta Sets New Standard in its Class Delivering Sophisticated Style, Precision German Engineering and Carefree Maintenance at an Accessible Price

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Engine and Transmission

The North American version of the all-new 2011 Jetta features the powerful and efficient German engineering drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen. Four engines will be available in the U.S. and Canada, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel featuring common rail injection with 236 lbs-ft. of torque (320 Newton-meters). The engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine, but yields the power of a sports car achieving 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. Additional engines include the 2.0, 2.5 R5, and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI. All Jetta engines will be offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment. An automatic transmission will also be available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen will offer the 6-speed DSG - one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world. In the U.S., S, SE, SEL and TDI versions of the Jetta will be available, as will a 2.0-liter GLI.

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The all-new 2011 Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor - resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.7-inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, it is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors. The interplay of exterior dimensions leads to a powerful balance of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen 'design DNA' sharpens the car's styling. This has resulted in clear, precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces, which lend a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the sedan.

On the front end of the car, the prominence of horizontal lines defines the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille combines with the car's trapezoidal headlights to form a styling unit. Under this is the fully painted bumper, which is designed as cleanly as a sculpted surface. Below that, another cooling air intake and the tray-shaped front spoiler gives the car a sporty finish. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; the shoulder section realized here derived from the NCC concept car, and provides dynamic and muscular styling.

The styling characteristics in the side profile of the Jetta meld into yet another interpretation of the 'design DNA' conceptualized by Walter de Silva, the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, Klaus Bischoff. A great example of the unique styling characteristics is found in the shoulder or 'tornado' line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the large homogeneous surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image. Thanks to wide track dimensions, the wheel arches also form a precise transition - as though cut with a knife - up to the tires, which could be as much as 18-inches.

With integrated turn signal indicators, the styling of the outside mirrors emulates the larger CC. Compared with the previous model, the all-new Jetta has grown in clarity and pre-eminence in its side profile. Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section. Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate.

Interior

A key benefit of the extended wheelbase is that it resulted in a more comfortable layout of the five-seat rear seating area. Legroom is now a long 38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model. Customers looking for a more personalized touch can for the first time have interior accents changed out at a Volkswagen dealer.

Engineers went to work on the interior down to the finest details, providing a level of quality and perfection far beyond other vehicles in its class. A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. The new steering wheel designs impress both visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Also in optimal view are the round instruments. The multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.

The rear bench seatback is split 40/60 and folds, increasing the car's versatility. The tailgate can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags in front, two window airbags/thorax airbags in the area of the front side windows) are also part of the equipment package.

Safety

Previous Jetta versions received accolades for safety with features like electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring standard. The all-new 2011 Jetta has been further enhanced with even more protections and crash safety improvements.
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Is this Jetta all new platform or modified, re-skinned existing platform? Coz, platform change is due next year for the mighty Golf.
The new Jetta is completely new car, and not a booted Golf (even though the boot integration was immaculate in the current model). The new car does not share any body panel with the Golf, and have increases wheelbase than the Golf.

Apparently the A4 similarities are attributed to the same designer - Walter de Silva.

Are you sure about the platform change for Golf? I think the MK6 still have a few years to complete.
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Sob- why did they get rid of thos round rear lights? They giev the car so much character. Even the new Civic lacks those.

All I can say is: am happy I bought my Vento!
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It may sell like hot cakes if the engine range is similar to Skoda Laura with even more features for equivalent price.
Similar for sure. Though i dont know if the current 110 bhp crdi would be offered on the next-gen Jetta, the 140bhp diesel with a 6-speed DSG and the 160bhp scintillator tsi would surely be on offer. In case of the petrol i think they would offer it with a 6-speed manual as well as a DSG with a higher level of trim. Sure about the fact that these 2 would be offered though the choice of gearbox is speculation to a certain extent.
I also would not be surprised if the Jetta is priced slightly up-side of the Laura.
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Only true in case of the US version. They need to price it aggressively in US, thus a semi-compromise. What we get here is the Euro version, which is neither cheaper nor 'cheapo-er'!
Yep, the EU version is better equipped than the US version though all of them come from the PQ35 platform which was conceived for a low-cost (cheaper ?) sedan. However the EU version comes with a price for multiple engine options, better interiors and suspension. But India will not get all those engine options but still may pay the price.
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I think on preliminary impressions, the Jetta looks like the real deal. It should satisfy all the parameters of a high quality luxury car (in Indian context). The more important questions is: Will it also be for real people? I mean, will it be affordable enough for upper middle class junta to afford? Or will only rich class get to access the best. Honestly, I don't know. And VW's track record for pricing isn't very encouraging either. However, I just hope that Vento has just given them key to being successful in India. Quality product at 'relatively competitive' price. Their brand is strong anyway, which will help.
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Rear three quarter looks nice, however one look (from the front or front three quarters) and it looks so much like a Vento.

An overgrown Vento for 18 odd lacs? Will have to wait and watch the official launch in India though.
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Rear three quarter looks nice, however one look (from the front or front three quarters) and it looks so much like a Vento.

An overgrown Vento for 18 odd lacs? Will have to wait and watch the official launch in India though.
Kind of agree and disagree. Yes, it looks very much like the Vento. I, for one, have no problems with it though. I like the clean, classy and proportionate lines of both Vento and Polo. So I will almost certainly like the Jetta even more.The key difference is in the rear end styling, which is classy is Jetta whereas quite bland in the Vento. And the interiors, which are in a different league all together (though Vento interiors are still best in class in terms of quality).
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The front end looks great. Today i was chased from a far by a VW polo. I can say the front end is very impressive. Looks very aggresive and bold and I am sure many will like the new front end compared to the old one.
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An overgrown Vento for 18 odd lacs?
Its a crime to call this new Jetta an overgrown vento. The New Jetta looks more aggresive and the rear now looks like a passat. Vento looks far more aggressive overall while the new Jetta still retains a little classical look.
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Its a crime to call this new Jetta an overgrown vento.
VW2010, i was only calling it an overgrown Vento for comparison sake. Not that it really is one.
I for one, really liked the old styling of the Jetta. Those rear tail lights did look lovely.
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The more important questions is: Will it also be for real people? I mean, will it be affordable enough for upper middle class junta to afford? Or will only rich class get to access the best. Honestly, I don't know. And VW's track record for pricing isn't very encouraging either. .

Unfortunately i think that will be the case. If we are getting the Euro spec Jetta then it is supposed to be a more luxurious and loaded version than the parallel US version. For it to be made more accessible , the US version would have made more sense. Besides that, VW would ideally like to position their cars a notch above the others ,especially Skoda though they are in direct competition.
The Laura is anyways a luxurious vehicle and if they plan to station it a notch above the Laura, the pricing will surely be on the higher side.
In event of this we could well see the top of the line Jetta (140bhp crdi DSG Highline) dangerously close to the entry level Superb,Accord pricing wise.
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To me the car has gone more 'Vento-ish'
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Unfortunately i think that will be the case. If we are getting the Euro spec Jetta then it is supposed to be a more luxurious and loaded version than the parallel US version. For it to be made more accessible , the US version would have made more sense. Besides that, VW would ideally like to position their cars a notch above the others ,especially Skoda though they are in direct competition.
The Laura is anyways a luxurious vehicle and if they plan to station it a notch above the Laura, the pricing will surely be on the higher side.
In event of this we could well see the top of the line Jetta (140bhp crdi DSG Highline) dangerously close to the entry level Superb,Accord pricing wise.
Agreed. One thing I am keen to check out is what kind of strategy they adopt. Do they simply position it as a 'premium' vehicle or keep the entry point down while keep the 'meaty' variants in relatively higher price point. Had I been their top honcho, I would've tried to keep the entry to the Jetta range accessible to most people. It makes a huge psychological difference. Also, it gives a lot of people who value the basic engineering more than features and VFM a chance to get access to their offering. Traditionally, we have seen the base diesel models (provided they have at least some features) do very well in the market.

I, for one, wouldn't mind spending 3 lacs over and above the Vento TDI Highline to get access to Jetta TDI Trendline. But, I am not the one who is calling the shots
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spending 3 lacs over and above the Vento TDI Highline to get access to Jetta TDI Trendline
I think one can expect to get a petrol version at that price range. The diesel will still be priced around 18-19L.

The superb starts at 21L while the Passat starts at 19L.

The Diesel version of Passat and Superb starts close to 26L
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I think one can expect to get a petrol version at that price range. The diesel will still be priced around 18-19L.
Well, on second thoughts, I was getting a bit too optimistic. However, the prices you have quoted are very high. The Laura base TDI costs 13.xx lacs ex showroom. So, at max the Jetta should start at 14L ex showroom for the TDI version. All I am hoping is that they price the base TDI version at some 13.xx L so that a lot more people get access to it.
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