Volkswagen officially unveiled today the new generation Jetta. It features clean lines, refined side architecture and premium style and will go on sale in USA this October at a starting price of $16,000.

For the US market, Jetta will be offered with S, SE, SEL and TDI trim levels and four engines. Engine line-up include: 2.0, 2.5 R5, and as of 2011, the 2.0 TSI, but also a 2.0-liter turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel that delivers 236 lbs-ft. of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds.

On the exterior the new Jetta features high-gloss black radiator grille, a fully painted bumper, a sporty cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler, a v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; and the shoulder section derived from the NCC concept car.

Updated 07/21/2010: Volkswagen of America today announced prices for the 2011 Jetta. For the US market the new Jetta will be offered with a choice of two MPI engines, one petrol TSI and one diesel TDI unit and four trim levels. Prices will start at $15,995 for the S trim. The all-new 2011 Jetta sets a new standard in its class and will be available in the U.S. in October.

UPDATE 11/10/2010: Check out our review of the Volkswagen Jetta by clicking here!

Press release after the jump.

Press release

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

2011 Volkswagen Jetta High Resolution Exterior
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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.


2011 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior
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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.


2011 Volkswagen Jetta High Resolution Interior
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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.

What do you think?
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  (306) posted on 10.5.2011

Impressive figure performance even though it only had a simple platform design and styling, it’s still very appealing for me. I just kind of curious about what will be the interior of this looks like.

  (134) posted on 05.27.2011

As expected the car will be offering a high speed and efficient car! BTW, I think its platform is somewhat similar to Toyota Prius!

  (507) posted on 05.27.2011

Well, this is definitely the car that will make you drool while looking at it! The figure performance of this car is awesome most especially the under the hood power.

  (399) posted on 02.10.2011

This is clearly promotional stunt but not a bad deal. If you are interested in purchasing a Jetta why not jump at the opportunity. So what if it is the base model, it’s $10,000 off on a new car! I’m sure Volkswagen will make three people very happy.

  (302) posted on 02.10.2011

Would be nice if it was a $10,000 discount that could be applied to a higher trim level instead of just the base Jetta.

  (939) posted on 09.5.2010

Yeah, its cool. I’ll probably love it if they put a sun-roof as a standard.

  (1333) posted on 09.2.2010

Its a nice car and all, but if I owned one, I think I would
forget what it looked like every day. Its just too bland.

  (129) posted on 07.21.2010

Rear is elegant, like A4. Front is boring. Nice proportions, balanced look. Overall quite boring.

  (247) posted on 07.21.2010

Its a nice car and all, but if I owned one, I think I would
forget what it looked like every day. Its just too bland.

  (666) posted on 06.17.2010

It looks like the kind of girl who would kiss another girl and like it. Nothing beautiful about this redesign except for the price drop.

  (205) posted on 06.16.2010

Well, the only thing I liked about this car is the interior structure, I don’t bothered aboutt the outside rather how it would feel inside. I think volkwagen designs have gone all boxy with the front of every model looks rather similar.

  (313) posted on 06.16.2010

So sick of every new generation being bigger than the last one. STOP IT! BAD VW! BAD!

  (228) posted on 06.15.2010

Ugly looking car! I would rather choose a BMW 7-series than these even though the 7 class is more fuel consuming one.

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