• Jan 4th 2010 at 11:00AM
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North America may be the only place in the world that musters any excitement over a new Volkswagen Jetta. We are, after all, the largest market for the Golf packing a trunk (though VW has insisted since the first generation that the Jetta is more than that). During these wintry months, some automotive spy shooters have the plum assignment of lying in wait in the desert as engineers torture test mules in the heat. That appears to be how Inside Line snagged video of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. But judging by the body and interior, this isn't the all-new Jetta -- it's the four-door version of the 2011 Volkswagen Polo.

Although the size is eerily reminiscent of VW's bread-and-butter model, the contouring on the doors and wheel arches, and -- more telling -- the interior, is a dead ringer for the European market Polo. See for yourself in the video after the jump.

UPDATE: For those non-believers, we've added a visual comparison between the interiors of this camouflaged prototype and the New Polo sold in Europe. They are virtually identical, which, combined with evidence from comparing exterior design cues on both cars, leads us to believe this is the Polo sedan that will first be launched in the U.S., not the next Jetta.




[Source: Inside Line]

Interior comparison of camouflaged prototype Euro-spec Volkswagen Polo





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      • 5 Years Ago
      This, a Polo?

      Have you seen the dimensions of the dang thing? Besides, the interior doesn't look all that much different from what we've seen of the Jetta (hard plastic bits on the dash, shapes and all).

      I'm going to stick to the spy's info, thanks AB.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly did you bother putting both interiors side-by-side? There's nothing about the shapes and materials in there that indicate that this is a Polo, and the new Jetta's interior was meant to be differentiated from the Golf's (go figure why it has drum breaks, they're trying to make this a mainstream VW that people can afford (not the price of a midsize car for a hatch)).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea, I'd have to agree it's a Polo. It was kinda tough to tell at first from the exterior compared to the photos from Worldcarfans, they look pretty similar, but the dimensions looked a little off. The dash pics weren't quite the same for sure.

        If you compare this pic, http://www.worldcarfans.com/109111022985/2012-vw-polo-sedan-spied--headed-for-us/highphotos#5 with their photo at 1:30 though, the window on the rear doors are definitely not the same size. There's a divider before the front door handle in the WCF pic, which is farther back and hidden by camo in the vid. The mirror placement was also slightly different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just don't get it, they have the gallery of the Polo right in their faces, there are spy shots of the Jetta circulating already with the same interior and somehow this is supposed to be a Polo sedan?

        Someone's partied too hard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "For those non-believers, we've added a visual comparison between the interiors of this camouflaged prototype and the New Polo sold in Europe. They are virtually identical.."

        Sorry AB, the dash is NOT identical....this is the NCS New Jetta.

        And oh, btw...am a non-believer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Definitely a Jetta. These are the same spy pics that have been on the web for months.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ditto..I doubt this is the "2011" Polo sedan since this car is scheduled to be built in Mexico no sooner than two years, by 2012 according to VW. This is too big for a Polo...

        According to Worldcarfans, THIS is the VW Polo sedan...the 2012 Polo sedan.

        http://img.worldcarfans.com/2009/11/medium/8647268.jpg

        http://www.worldcarfans.com/109111022985/2012-vw-polo-sedan-spied--headed-for-us
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if it's a total new car, or they just changing the front and rear end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a long time Volkswagen enthusiast I can definitely say with 100% confidence this is New Compact Sedan aka Jetta Mk6.

      AB's arguement that the interiors are the same are clearly not viewing interior shots properly; as the interior has different shapes and look where the hazard light switch is on both pictures.

      Being the only Auto site to say this is the Polo sedan must ring bells somewhere up there???

      Perhaps call the VW contacts to confirm your theory !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, we'll find out soon! If you've ever wondered why carmakers release next year's models so early, check this out.

      http://www.cargurus.com/blog/2010/01/04/ever-wonder-why-2010-cars-hit-dealers-so-early-in-2009

      German automakers though are more likely to release new cars later in the year while domestics seem to keep pushing up the date.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a waste of a read, just someone writing common sense... don't bother!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Th size if the looks smaller than the jetta but larger than the polo but the interio definately looks like a jetta. The comparison photos show little similarities. Only time will tell though
      • 5 Years Ago
      The back door shapes are not the same.. this is s Jetta...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is going to be a North American-wide take on the currently Canada-only "City Jetta". Which is, by the way, a MkIV Jetta equipped with the old 2.0L and sporting some cosmetic changes to make it look like a contemporary VW.

      Considering the whole idea of the NCS and NMS is to address VW's cost disadvantage, and that VW's method for addressing cost issues in other nations is to sell older designs, this wouldn't surprise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, it looks nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live 45 minutes from where the plant is being built.
      • 5 Years Ago
      at first i was gonna assume it'd be rather tiny, but small cars grow and its probably near the size of a MK3, making it fit for sale in the US. can has GTI version?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Would be nice for a GTI/GLI model...

        And I was kinda hoping for a new body style TDI Cup... maybe with 170hp?

        I'd consider trading my 09 TDI for that :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats not the same at all... same radio and steering wheel and shifter, which are from the parts bin, but look at the width of the center stack where in the prototype there is a hazard switch. Also look at the instrument binnacle which has straight sides on the proto and is all round in the polo. This is different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Polos are a lot smaller than Jettas, you couldn't possibly confuse them.

      And besides, VW can't bring a Polo here because it won't fit the crummy old 2.5L 5-cylinder engine they sell us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mark V Polo launched late last year is similar in size to Mark IV Golf and a sedan version will be also similar to Jetta.
        Mark VI Golf (that a new Jetta will be based on) has completely different door shapes than the Polo.
        The interior will be slightly differentiated between Polo sedan and Polo hatchback as it is with the Golf and Jetta.
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