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The New Sixth-Generation Volkswagen Jetta

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On: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 9:40AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The New Sixth-Generation Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen is preparing the launch of the new sixth-generation, 2011 Jetta, which is promised to be a more conservative redesign. Rumors have it that Volkswagen may also be considering a Jetta R model, which could appear as a sedan or a new coupe body style (seemingly the NCC incarnate transformed to the sixth-generation Jetta), which would be longer, leaner, and less expensive than its  predecessor and, for the first time, does NOT resemble the Golf.

The 2011 Jetta eliminated the Golf platform for its own structural design, which VW is calling the New Compact Sedan. It’s attractive in a conventional way, similar in exterior design to a Toyota Camry, more chiseled, but it is said to be rather demure by some critics.

Up front, the car's front-end, headlights, and hood contours closely resemble the NCC, while around back; the taillights are pretty much the same shape as the concept car's.

Apart from the similarities to the appealing coupe concept, this promises to be a traditional revamp for the VW Jetta.

According to CarandDriver.com: "The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, in order to compete with Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, will be a little bit bigger than the current car.” The article also stated that “Ergonomics will be cleaned up so that Japanese brand loyalists who jump ship to VW will be able to set a temperature, recline the seats, and tune in a radio station without having a nervous breakdown.”

The 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine will continue as the base engine for now. The gasoline-fired turbo-four may continue in the Jetta, but it is a costly engine for VW because it has to be imported from Europe. Volkswagen will offer two different suspension setups on the new 2011 Jetta. Lower-line models would stick with the torsion beam rear suspension, while higher-line versions will get a multilink setup similar to the new Golf's.

“Today marks a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta,” Stefan Jacoby, CEO of VW Group of America, said in a statement, adding that the car “is a class-up driving experience” and “sophisticated.”

Overall the changes are minimal in the 2011 Jetta—basically better fuel efficiency, the 2.5-liter inline-5 as the base engine, followed by the 200-hp 2.0T and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel four.

Starting price is more attractive than last year’s version at around $16,000, which makes the new Jetta a bit cheaper than the current Jetta, which starts at $17,735.

Production versions of the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan should be available to consumers in the United States, showing up on dealer lots before the end of the summer of 2010. If the Jetta R is to emerge, expect it to show up later.

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