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.