• May 24, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery

A cameraphone-wielding member of GMInsideNews has caught what looks to be a pair of Volkswagen prototypes in Michigan, and while it's hard to tell the full extent of the changes or the size of the sedans, he appears to have snagged the next-generation Jetta undergoing testing.

Even with the Ford Fusion and Chrysler minivan providing a bit of scale, it's hard to pin down the dimensions of the prototypes. However, we're more inclined to assume that the VWs are the refreshed Jetta, particularly based on the roofline, greenhouse and overhangs, as well as the previously released official renderings of the forthcoming 2011 NMS, which looks markedly more assertive than what we see here.

While the odd Toyota-like badge on the boot is a nice touch, don't expect that element to make it to production. Instead, the 2011 Jetta will finally replace the current model's ovoid headlamps with the more angular, aggressive units found on the refreshed Golf and GTI. Out back, the trunk benefits from a subtle lift and tuck, with new rectangular taillamps and slightly blistered fenders finishing off the refresh. Assuming our product cycle prediction hats are on straight, we can expect to see the new Jetta in person later this year, with sales beginning in early 2011.



[Source: GMI]


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      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        This one looks quite a bit different, though both are oval shaped.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How do you know this is a VW? The Check Engine Light... and, if you have a cell phone on you (the photos are on one, right?) a surly VWoA "Customer Service" employee reading from a script telling you that your (fill in the blank here) problem is normal and will not be covered under the still-existent warranty. Oh, and the lineup of cars in which the Jetta sits? That's the lineup at the over-worked service department (still staffed as if they were in the shrunken volume days of the 1990s).

      It's true, I tell you,... It's true
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like they took the taillights from the last Kia Optima.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if thats the new 2011 jetta, thats just horrible
      • 4 Years Ago
      those tail lights are hideous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's very clear !! The Logo of Great Wall chinese company in the rear of the car, it's certainly chinese To check that see the company logo in the Official website http://www.gwm.com.cn/eng/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps that is the 2011 VW Routan in the background being tested.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks bland enough to be a Toyota.......ZZZZZZZZ....
      • 4 Years Ago
      thats not an "upside down Toyota badge" on the trunk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a Great Wall Motors badge from China.

      http://www.cartype.com/pics/2998/full/great_wall_logo.jpg

      The car looks very similar with the next gen Jetta, but if you have in mind that chinese are copying european models...
      • 4 Years Ago
      ITA with the posts above, this in NOT a Jetta or any VW for that matter. Rear side class cutlines are all wrong for VW as is the decklid. Probably one of the new Chinese entrants in the US market, Kia or maybe even the next Corolla.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The dimensions look similar to the current Jetta. What a strange fake emblem they are using.
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