Yenra : Autos : VW Jetta : Redesigned sedan offers advanced electronic stability, improved body strength, larger interior room, and a powerful engine


A redesigned Jetta will be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January where its price when it goes on sale in March will be announced.

Like the versions before, the new Jetta will offer a distinct choice in the compact sedan market. The new Jetta has bold dynamic styling and larger dimensions than its predecessor. The Jetta's styling, technology, and European character will appeal to people who love to drive and desire something fresh.

Since the Jetta's introduction in 1980, this compact, affordable German sports sedan has evolved significantly with each new design. This new Jetta has grown in size from the previous model, while again offering a more advanced level of German engineering and technology.

The model's fully independent suspension system uses a multi-link rear and optimized front axle, a new powerful base engine with a larger displacement of 2.5 liters and five- cylinders generating 150 horsepower (versus a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, 115 hp engine in the previous model), a new optional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic including a special sport mode selection.

In addition, Volkswagen will offer an automated manual transmission system offering the efficiency and economy of a manual with the ease of operation of an automatic. Also is a standard high-tech electro-mechanical steering system, a new technically advanced electronic stability program, and new-generation ABS all-disc brakes.

The new Jetta's interior will have a larger trunk and more leg room and occupant space. The new Jetta will offer a highly refined interior treatment, with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features. Some of the safety features for the new Jetta include front side thorax airbags, Side Curtain Protection (for head) in front and rear, crash-active front headrests, crash-optimized foot pedals that descend upon serious impact, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), three- point safety belts at every position, adjustable headrests for all five occupants, front belt pre-tensioners with load limiters, and safety belts with emergency locking retractors complete this all-new Jetta sedan.

The new Jetta has improved dynamic and torsional rigidity that is achieved through the use of more high-strength body panels, world-class design and engineering, and an advanced, highly automated, laser-welding system. The result is a dramatic increase in laser-welded seams. The net benefit of this bonding process is a class-leading fit and finish, improved body strength, crash protection, driving dynamics, and reduced interior noise.