• Jun 15th 2010 at 12:00AM
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Volkswagen unveiled its new Jetta sedan in New York Cit... Volkswagen unveiled its new Jetta sedan in New York City (VW).

Volkswagen unveiled its much-anticipated 2011 Jetta sedan in New York City this Tuesday. The German automaker’s popular sedan has been completely redesigned and will come equipped with a slew of features despite starting at around $16,000. Unfortunately, American consumers will have to wait until October to purchase the new Jetta, but the taste Volkswagen has provided in its just-released photos and video (see below) should be enough to get people yearning for more.

The Jetta will have a significantly larger wheelbase and be longer than its predecessor, a direct response to criticisms of the previous generation car being cramped and uncomfortable in the back seat. At 182.7 inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, the new Jetta will certainly be roomier, but as to VW’s claims of improved performance and increased comfort, we’ll just have to wait until we get behind the wheel this fall to evaluate those.

On the outside, the new Jetta closely resembles the NCC concept teased at the 2010 Detroit auto show. The sedan similarly employs a high-gloss radiator grille combined with trapezoidal headlights and a front spoiler, giving it a sharp and sporty face. The car’s styling is dramatic, featuring a “tornado” character line and large wheel well arches.

Inside, the Jetta will reap the rewards of the longer wheelbase in much-improved legroom for the driver and passengers, 2.6 inches more, according to VW. A new steering wheel, redesigned instrument clusters, and a center console housing a newly designed radio and navigation system complete the package.

Four different engines will be offered for the North American market, including a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel direct injection (TDI). All of the Jetta engines will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but will have an automatic available. In the U.S., Volkswagen will offer at least four trim levels, including the return of the sportier GLI model. Base price for the 2011 Jetta will be $15,995.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like a Saab's half brother.
      Robert Cape
      • 8 Months Ago
      Sorry, as an owner of a late 70's Rabbit, I'll never buy VW again. I had to take the car into the dealer's to find out which vendor's part was on my car.. they couldn't sell me a replacement for normal parts until they saw which part they were replacing!! Nothing was standard or non-drama until they engine wore out at 70K and started pouring smoke through worn out valve guides. I unloaded it just before they recalled the crappy thing. Never again.. good handling while going over a cliff isn't "good engineering"..
      • 8 Months Ago
      In this economy, I wish I had a Westy or maybe a THING.... VW you truly lost your style. Listen to the people that made you what you were, not what you're turning into. What happend to the classic VW SMILE?
      • 8 Months Ago
      BORING! Looks like a plan jane Carolla
      • 8 Months Ago
      VW can just Jetta their junk back to Germany.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Same tired old look. VW....call me if you need help. It's really not that difficult.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like an old civic, or camery, or sentra...if anything VW is diluting its image by making a boring looking car that appeals to the least common denominator...yawn.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Looks like just another late model sedan. No road test available till this fall. Why bother writing this report? The 2.0L TDI sounds interesting though.
      • 8 Months Ago
      • 8 Months Ago
      Really!!? This is the best VW can do. I'll take my MINI Cooper S any day!!!
      Susan Morrison
      • 8 Months Ago
      VW used to have appeal in many ways because of it's distinctiveness, now it looks just like every other car on the road. Nothing special.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I liked jettas from 2000-2004 when it seemed like no one but hot chicks drove them
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