• Jun 15th 2010 at 11:32AM
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery

The sixth-generation 2011 Jetta is a pretty big deal for Volkswagen. The automaker has developed a completely new platform for the new model (instead of simply relying on Golf architecture), and the end result is a car that is 3.5 inches longer than its predecessor. This should mean that much more passenger room will be on deck, enabling the Jetta to really compete within the midsize sedan segment (as well as the compact class). As for the design, it's admittedly a bit predictable, but we're glad to see the Jetta no longer being styled as a Golf sedan. What's more, we can see hints of the NCC concept car from this year's Detroit Auto Show, and while it's not overly sexy, it still looks clean and crisp.

One place where there isn't much news, however, is under the hood. The 2.5-liter inline-five and 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four are carried over from the current car, and we'll see a return of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four for the Jetta GLI. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be on hand, including Volkswagen's well-liked DSG on TDI and 2.0T models.

An all-new interior is similar to what Volkswagen has done with the Golf and CC cabins. We're sure that cloth and leather will be available, as well as a host of interior upgrades like navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and so on.

Volkswagen hasn't released the official pricing as of this writing, but it is saying that the car will start around $16,000 when it arrives at North American dealerships this October. For now, hit the jump to read the full details in VW's press release and scroll through the gallery below to see the 2011 Jetta in high-resolution glory.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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Volkswagen Announces World Debut of All-New 2011 Jetta, Delivering Sophisticated Style at an Accessible Price

All-new 2011 Jetta Sets New Standard in its Class Delivering Sophisticated Style, Precision German Engineering and Carefree Maintenance at an Accessible Price

HERNDON, Va., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the world debut of its all-new 2011 Jetta, delivering style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance, all at an extremely accessible price. At a starting price point of around $16,000, the all-new 2011 Jetta offers best in class rear legroom, a premium interior and Volkswagen essentials. Unveiled for the first time today at an unexpected urban oasis in Times Square, New York, the all-new 2011 Jetta features clean lines, refined side architecture and premium style combined with Volkswagen's trademark precision German engineering. The all-new 2011 Jetta sets a new standard in its class and will be available in the U.S. this October.

"Today marks the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta," said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "The all-new 2011 Jetta is a class-up driving experience with the kind of styling, design and power under the hood normally found in more expensive luxury cars. At an extremely attractive price, this car is sophisticated, fun to drive and practical."

Engine and Transmission

The North American version of the all-new 2011 Jetta features the powerful and efficient German engineering drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen. Four engines will be available in the U.S. and Canada, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel featuring common rail injection with 236 lbs-ft. of torque (320 Newton-meters). The engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine, but yields the power of a sports car achieving 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. Additional engines include the 2.0, 2.5 R5, and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI. All Jetta engines will be offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment. An automatic transmission will also be available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen will offer the 6-speed DSG - one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world. In the U.S., S, SE, SEL and TDI versions of the Jetta will be available, as will a 2.0-liter GLI.


The all-new 2011 Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor - resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.7-inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, it is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors. The interplay of exterior dimensions leads to a powerful balance of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen 'design DNA' sharpens the car's styling. This has resulted in clear, precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces, which lend a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the sedan.

On the front end of the car, the prominence of horizontal lines defines the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille combines with the car's trapezoidal headlights to form a styling unit. Under this is the fully painted bumper, which is designed as cleanly as a sculpted surface. Below that, another cooling air intake and the tray-shaped front spoiler gives the car a sporty finish. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; the shoulder section realized here derived from the NCC concept car, and provides dynamic and muscular styling.

The styling characteristics in the side profile of the Jetta meld into yet another interpretation of the 'design DNA' conceptualized by Walter de Silva, the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, Klaus Bischoff. A great example of the unique styling characteristics is found in the shoulder or 'tornado' line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells. Formally, they intersect the large homogeneous surfaces, conveying a strong dynamic image. Thanks to wide track dimensions, the wheel arches also form a precise transition - as though cut with a knife - up to the tires, which could be as much as 18-inches.

With integrated turn signal indicators, the styling of the outside mirrors emulates the larger CC. Compared with the previous model, the all-new Jetta has grown in clarity and pre-eminence in its side profile. Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section. Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate.


A key benefit of the extended wheelbase is that it resulted in a more comfortable layout of the five-seat rear seating area. Legroom is now a long 38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model. Customers looking for a more personalized touch can for the first time have interior accents changed out at a Volkswagen dealer.

Engineers went to work on the interior down to the finest details, providing a level of quality and perfection far beyond other vehicles in its class. A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. The new steering wheel designs impress both visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Also in optimal view are the round instruments. The multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.

The rear bench seatback is split 40/60 and folds, increasing the car's versatility. The tailgate can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (two front airbags, two side airbags in front, two window airbags/thorax airbags in the area of the front side windows) are also part of the equipment package.


Previous Jetta versions received accolades for safety with features like electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring standard. The all-new 2011 Jetta has been further enhanced with even more protections and crash safety improvements

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats Teutonic titillation ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tectonic boredom?

        Seriously, it's Bob Dole on wheels. The only person that gets "titillated" by this is Al Gore. If it were a hybrid, he'd have it's boring baby. If it were an EV, he'd marry it with no pre-nup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am still wondering what is being left off the "base" model at 16k. VW is not in the market to be the "cheapest", so something has to give and it won't be the profit margin.

      It will just seem weird that the Jetta costs less than the Golf.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1) ac
        2) radio
        3) an engine

        seriously. the 2.slow. seriously vw?
        *bangs head*
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.It's got harder lines,the way the mid lines are beveled with the fenders looks like the 5 series a little but for 16K it's a fine car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one is talking about the return of the 2.slow on the S and SE model. I'm sure that's how they're getting a 16k base price. For a 2.5, the price will probably be higher than it was on the V.

      I'm curious how much they've been able to tune the old 2-liter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this car on the same chassis/platform as the Audi A4?

        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe they simply stretched the Golf chassis by a few inches, but could be wrong
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me know when the TDI sportwagon arrives.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, it looks like a junior A4. That extra few inches on the wheelbase makes it look a little sleeker compared to the previous version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Narcolepsy on wheels. I really don't care for VW's new "face." Maybe the old gaping chrome maw was a little flashy, but you knew exactly what car you were looking at when you saw it. This is an absolute snooze. The interior materials had better be really nice because there wasn't much imagination in the design there either. Better get to a dealer before the 2010's are all gone!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see lots of Toyota DNA in this new Jetta and that's not a good thing...I remember hearing the last generation Jetta was designed to compete with the Corolla. It seems as if they are continuing that thinking.

      Why are so many manufactures making horrible missteps in design these days. Toyota, Honda, and VW/Audi.

      They are leaving a wide gap for Hyundai/KIA to steal a huge market share from them all.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmm. I want to like it, but VW is definitely losing design character in their attempt to sell more.

      I just don't get the front-end. I was afraid this is where they were going to go after seeing the NCC concept. It's quite a change. The MkV Golf and Jetta, and Mk6 Golf all have raised headlight 'shoulders'. The headlights and hood line immediately behind the lights were raised above the central part of the hood, and it has been a distinguishing look for Volkswagen. They've gone completely the opposite way with the NCC and this new Jetta and it seems at best unperfected and at worst a mismatch with the rest of the vehicle. It worked well with the CC, but it needn't apply everywhere.

      Why the gaping hood line running down between the two folds? It looks amateur. Can it not be made less visible or put it in line with the lower crease?

      It does look like a Volvo V40, as an earlier poster mentioned.

      (Sigh). Maybe a little higher beltline, a lower nose, and have a little more (diagonal/aggressive) fun with the headlights? It's just totally flat - and you can see it in the ridge/crease running the entire length of the car. It appears almost perfectly horizontal, with only a very slight taper down at the front. I squint my eyes and picture that line being on more of a straight decline from rear to front, giving it a little more of a sleek/aggressive stance. If you're going to make it look more generic for mainstream appeal, at least make it look faster than a damn Camry.

      I wonder how much VW's design team is taking instruction from a corporate committee. But hey, not a disaster and some neat opportunity for improvement in the next version of this.

      Here's hoping the NMS won't be as watered down!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I wonder how much VW's design team is taking instruction from a corporate committee. "

        Um... there's one person who's responsible for this and his first name is walter. it's in the press release man.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that a Passat?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hilarious how people complain about the big flashy grille, and then subsequently complain about the grille being indistinguishable and boring. This is the opposite of the debacle that has become of Acura's grille, I applaud it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, it's way better than Acura's grille, which is horrible. It looks good imo.
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