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The popular Jetta shows its makeover in the Empire State, en route to the rest of America.

The Jetta SportWagen debuts in the U.S. at the New York International Auto Show this week, and the diesel version is coming to stateside dealerships in early 2008. The Jetta is VW's best-selling model, and will be available with one of three engines: a 2.5-liter, five cylinder producing 170 (available in August) a 2.0T, four cylinder with 200 hp (after that) and the 2.0L clean diesel engine in 2008. Of course, you've got your list of options, which are included in the Volkswagen of America press release after the jump. I know Jettas aren't perfect, but doesn't this seem to be one of the easiest ways for American buyers to re-introduce themselves to diesel engines? All right, perhaps not re-introducing because this engine is nothing like the diesels from 20+ years ago. More like an introductory clean slate, 2008.

[Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.]
Jetta SportWagen Makes U.S. Debut at New York International Auto Show

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jetta SportWagen, a sporty and dynamic wagon version of Volkswagen's top-selling model, made its U.S. debut today at the New York Auto Show. The Jetta SportWagen mixes practicality with European style and balances both elegance and sportiness. Its exceptional ride and handling and segment-leading safety features, along with its design are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070404/CLW099 )

Delivering performance and value, the Jetta SportWagen will be offered with three engine variations. The Jetta SportWagen will launch with an upgraded 2.5-liter, five cylinder engine that now produces 170 horsepower. The 2.5L Jetta SportWagen arrives in dealerships this August, and will be followed with the 2.0T, four cylinder engine that produces 200 hp. In early 2008 the Jetta SportWagen will be available with a 2.0L clean diesel engine.

Aside from offering the sporty feel and fun to drive performance of a Jetta, the SportWagen opens up a new world of possibilities in the way of usable cargo room- 32.8 cubic feet to be exact, or an even more impressive 66.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. For those whose active lifestyle requires even more room, there is an optional fold-flat front passenger seat that provides additional cargo space. Fold-flat front passenger seat is available with "V-Tex" leatherette seating.

Like the Jetta, the SportWagen continues the Volkswagen tradition of offering a long list of standard equipment. Some of the many standard features include: air conditioning, anti-theft vehicle alarm, cruise control, CD player, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, eight-way adjustable front seats with height, angle and lumbar support adjustments, and a height-and-telescoping steering wheel. Available as an option on the Jetta SportWagen is a panoramic sunroof. The panoramic sunroof offers its passengers an impressive 12.7 square feet of either daylight or starlight, providing them an open air connection with the outdoors.

The Jetta SportWagen also enjoys a long list of standard safety features such as: driver and front passenger front airbags, driver and front passenger side thorax airbags, Side Curtain Protection(R), and rear-impact optimized head restraints on driver and front passenger seat.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com/.

"Side Curtain Protection' is a registered trademark of Volkswagen of America. All other trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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      • 6 Months Ago
      What is the probability that US drivers will embrace European clean diesels in enough numbers to blunt the trend towards hybrids and reduce the price disparity between unleaded regular and diesel? That differential is currently $0.50 per gallon in western Washington state where I live. I agree with the VW executive who believes hybrid systems are not the most cost effective way to improve fuel mileage and reduce pollution. I'm heartened that the VW Tiguan will eventually be offered here with a turbo diesel engine, and that Subaru and Suzuki are offering (Suzuki) and will offer (Subaru) diesel powered cars in Europe. How long it will take the latter to offer such vehicles here will probably depend on VW's experience. I know I'm ready for a clean turbo diesel.
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am the original owner of an '03 VW Golf GL TDI 5spd. All of you anxious to own a diesel should understand what you are getting yourself into. I love the car, but with diesel fuel at $4.25 to $4.50 in the mid-Atlantic area, the efficiency is more than a little blunted. $/mi comes out less than a Ford Focus now. But, fuel prices fluctuate.... Also, VW has had problems with the intake manifold clogging with soot - me included. $300 bucks to clean out. There goes some nice fuel savings again. Oil changes will also set you back - synthetic only, plus fuel filter (water is a problem in diesel)runs about $90 each time. No more speedy lube for you guys for $25! But, the basic Golf is a solid car with the highest on-road safety record of any other small car based on historical real world driving crash stats. Can't beat that. Plus, I do have (just checked) 680 miles on the recent tank of B20 with a couple gallons to go.....
        • 6 Months Ago
        Sounds like you need diesel secret, fule for your diesel for about $.65 a gallon. might help with the soot.
      • 6 Months Ago
      these cars accelerate soooo slowly, some 10 seconds to 60 mph, I could not bear the idea of buying one.

      • 6 Months Ago
      WHEN, at last, will the TDI wagon arrive on US shores? Have $$$ burning a hole in my pocket to make a deposit!!!
      • 6 Months Ago
      My '04 NB TDI turbo burns rubber off the line and accelerates like a rocket. I haven't timed it either but 2 gearhead friends can't believe the torque and long power band.
      • 6 Months Ago
      I recently drove a rental with the new VW 140 hp TDI engine + 6 speed automatic in Germany (it was a Skoda Octavia wagon, heavier and a bit larger than the Jetta, more comparable to a Passat). This car was an Autobahn-express par excellence- no excuses! Acceleration from 50mph to 110+ mph is just unbelievable for a little 2 liter engine, just floor that pedal and enjoy the ride! I saw 130+ mph (210 kph) on the speedo, without fuss. Fuel economy was outstanding. In the smaller Jetta configuration, this car will be a high performance sedan indeed -- at 45+ mpg!
      • 6 Months Ago
      you people just want to keep the money in the oil companys pockets. when are you americans going to get it. and yes im an american!! the benifits of owning a diesel car far out weighs owning a regular gas one. case and point. in 2003 I rented a passat six speed manual diesel in germany. I went 789 miles on one tank of diesel. iwas there for ten days and only had to fill the car when I was returning back to the airport. I rest my case!!! k matthews of pensacola fl
      • 6 Months Ago
      I just noticed on the VW website, the list of Specs for the SportWagon no longer mentions the high milage, clean turbo diesel. I looked last week and it was there-this week its gone. I hope they didn't drop it to make their time frame of being ready this summer.
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm not sure what the previous commentor has driven. I own an'04 diesel and we drive nothing but diesels when we are in Europe. We have never had any problem getting up to 60, 70 along with the rest of the traffic. Never set a clock to it mind you.
      • 6 Months Ago
      I have been told that the '08 TDI Sport Wagon will get up to 67 mpg. I have an '04 Wagon with 5 speed tranny. I have gotten 55 mpg on two occasions. 67 seems too good to be true!! Any comments?
      • 6 Months Ago
      Can anyone tell me if it is possible to buy a 2008 VW Jetta Sports Wagen?
      I can't figure this out?
      Do they exist used?
      Thanks, Newbee